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EU's Ashton Expresses 'Cautious Optimism' For Upcoming Iran Nuclear Talks

Source: RFE/RL

European Union foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton says she is "cautiously optimistic" about upcoming talks on Iran's nuclear development program.

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili (right) with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton - Moscow, June 2012

Speaking in Ankara on April 3, Ashton said it was "very important" that her talks with Iranian officials in Almaty, Kazakhstan later this week yield some progress.

Ashton is leading the talks on behalf of the six world powers -- the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Russia, and China.

The sessions on April 5-6 in Almaty are a follow-up to meetings the parties started in the Kazakh commercial capital at the end of February.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax

Copyright (c) 2013 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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