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Borrell 'Optimistic' About Possible New Iran Talks

Borrell 'Optimistic' About Possible New Iran Talks

Monday, 18 October, 2021 - 07:45
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kyiv, Ukraine October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

The European Union's top diplomat Josep Borrell declined to confirm on Monday that EU and Iranian diplomats would meet in Brussels on Thursday to try to revive the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, but said he was hopeful of a meeting soon.

Bloomberg News reported that Iran's foreign minister gave the date on Sunday, citing an Iranian lawmaker.

A senior EU official last week confirmed that meetings were planned in Brussels, rather than Vienna, but gave no date.

"You never know, I am more optimistic today than yesterday," Borrell said. "No confirmation yet, but things are getting better and I am hope we will have preparatory meetings in Brussels in the days to come," Borrell said in Luxembourg as he arrived for an EU foreign ministers meeting.

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