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EU, Iran to hold technical talks on July 24

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

European Union officials said on Monday that senior diplomats from the EU and Iran will meet again in Istanbul on July 24 for technical talks on Tehran's nuclear program, Reuters reported. The first technical meeting took place on July 3 in Istanbul.

Ali Bagheri (L), Iran's deputy chief negotiator, and Helga Schmid, deputy to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, will meet in Istanbul on July 24th.

During the nuclear talks in Moscow on June 18-19 Iran and the major powers agreed to hold technical talks to pave the ground for possible meetings between chief negotiators.

"The objective for the meeting ... is to look further at how existing gaps in positions could be narrowed and how the process could be moved forward," a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

Ashton is leading nuclear talks with Iran on behalf of the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- United States, China, Russia, Britain, and France - and Germany).

Ashton's spokesman said talks would continue after the July 24 meeting between Iran's deputy chief negotiator, Ali Bagheri, and a senior member of Ashton's team, Helga Schmid. Ashton and Iran's chief negotiator, Saeed Jalili, would be in contact in the future, he said.

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