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European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said it’s “very likely” Turkey will be the site for a meeting between Iran and major powers, scheduled to take place Oct. 1.
Iran on Monday agreed to sit down to talks with representatives of the U.S., Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany, the so-called "P5+1", meaning the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany. (Europeans tend to call the grouping "3 + 3" for the three European members plus the U.S., Russia and China.)
Iran says the purpose of the meeting is to discuss a package of proposals it distributed last week, which is said to be short on detail regarding its nuclear program. The U.S. insists the nuclear issue will be front and center.
This will be the first time a representative of the Obama administration has met with Iranian officials and Solana believes it could provide an opening in the standoff. “The Americans will be formally present. This is new, and I think it should be evaluated positively by the Iranians," he said.
Speaking as he entered a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Solana said the bloc will continue to follow what’s called the “two-track” approach with Iran — using both dialogue and the threat of more sanctions. He would not speculate about possible new measures being drafted against Tehran ahead of the Oct. 1 meeting.