The Sultanate of Oman will host negotiation talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry (pictured left), European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (centre) and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) from November 9 to 10 to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue.
The talks are due to take place before the November 24 deadline for Iran and six major powers – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, known as the P5 + 1 nations – to reach a long-term agreement that seeks to curtail Iran’s nuclear programme.
The high-profile gathering is part of a series of talks that will be taking place over the coming weeks. Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has welcomed the meeting and it’s hoped that it will act as a significant step forward in the process of ending the dispute about Iran’s nuclear programme. The six nations are set to meet with the full Iranian delegation in Vienna on November 18, according to Michael Mann, Catherine Ashton’s spokesman.
“The aim of the talks is to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran by November 24, under which it would reassure the international community about the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear programme,” Mann said in a statement. Speaking from the Iranian capital of Tehran, Ali Akbar Velayati, the head of the Centre for Strategic Research at the Expediency Discernment Council of the System, hailed the role played by the Sultanate in settling outstanding issues and disputes in the region and around the world.