EU's Ashton seeks 'meaningful' nuclear talks with Iran
BRUSSELS (AFP) - EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton, who leads talks with Tehran on its disputed nuclear programme, has called on Iran's new president to agree to a fresh round of negotiations as soon as possible.
In a letter, Ms Ashton offered her congratulations on President Hassan Rouhani's inauguration and said he had won "a strong mandate to engage in dialogue and cooperation with the international community to seek a swift resolution to its serious concerns about Iran's nuclear activities.
"I stand ready to continue talks to find a resolution as quickly as possible," a statement quoted her as saying.
"I hope that we can schedule meaningful talks with your negotiating team as soon as practicable," she said.