Iran hopes talks will create negotiating framework

TEHRAN, Saturday (AFP) -Iran hopes that talks to be held today with the EU foreign policy chief will create a “framework for negotiations” to end the nuclear crisis, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said.

“I hope that today's talks will lead to a framework for negotiations,” he said, according to the websites of Iranian state broadcasting and Arabic-language channel Al-Alam. “We hope that in today's talks a modality and framework that satisfies both sides is compiled,” Mottaki added, on the sidelines of a conference in Tehran.

He did not give further details on what steps this framework would involve. Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, will meet the European Union's foreign policy chief Javier Solana later on Saturday in Geneva to discuss a package of incentives offered by world powers to Tehran.

In a major policy shift by Washington, US Under-secretary of State William Burns will also attend the talks. Mottaki predicted that the meeting between Solana and Jalili would be followed by similar sessions.

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