BRUSSELS/PRISTINA (Reuters) – The European Commission was set to delay a keenly-awaited report on Tuesday on Serbia’s readiness for accession talks in an apparent last-ditch push for a deal to tackle the ethnic partition of its former province Kosovo.
A senior Kosovo official said leaders of the two countries would meet in Brussels on Wednesday, as Belgrade races to strike an accord that might salvage its chances of starting membership talks with the European Union this year.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – World powers believe there are enough grounds to keep talking to Iran about its disputed nuclear program, a senior Western diplomat said on Monday, even though the latest round of negotiations made little apparent progress.
“There is enough substance for these negotiations to continue,” the diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters. “I would not expect a breakdown.”
ALMATY (Reuters) – World powers and Iran failed again to end the deadlock in a decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program in talks that ended in Kazakhstan on Saturday, prolonging a standoff that could yet spiral into a new Middle East war.
No new talks were scheduled but big power negotiators, who earlier this year were insisting that time was running out, were at pains to say the diplomatic process would continue.
ALMATY, April 6 (Reuters) – Iran enters a second day of
talks with world powers on Saturday no closer to resolving a
nuclear dispute that has led to sanctions on its oil exports and
talk of a new Middle East war.
The final day of negotiations is unlikely to achieve more
than a willingness to keep talking, after Iran responded on
Friday to a limited offer to ease sanctions with a proposal of
its own that puzzled Western diplomats and which Russia said
raised more questions than answers.
ALMATY (Reuters) – World powers and Iran still appeared far apart on Friday in negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear programme that were aimed at calming tensions which could boil over into war.
As talks got under way in Kazakhstan, the six nations – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – sought a concrete response from Iran to their February offer to ease sanctions if it stops its most sensitive nuclear work.
ALMATY (Reuters) – World powers will urge Iran on Friday to accept their offer to ease some economic sanctions if it stops its most sensitive nuclear work, in talks aimed at easing tensions that threaten to boil over into war.
The six powers – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – will meet Iranian negotiators in the Kazakh city of Almaty for the second round of talks this year, aiming to settle a decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear work.
ALMATY (Reuters) – Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili sounded a defiant note ahead of a new round of talks with world powers in Kazakhstan, saying on Thursday they had to recognize Iran’s right to enrich uranium to see any breakthrough.
The six powers – United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – will meet Iranian negotiators on Friday and Saturday in the Kazakh city of Almaty, hoping Tehran agrees to scale back its most sensitive atomic work that they suspect is aimed at achieving a nuclear weapons capability.
BRUSSELS, March 25 (Reuters) – The United States is
concerned Iranian appeals to European courts could loosen
sanctions against Tehran, said a State Department official on
Monday who urged the EU to urgently find a way to allow judges
to examine secret intelligence evidence.
Europe’s General Court told EU governments in January to
lift asset freezes against Bank Mellat and Bank Saderat, two of
more than a dozen Iranian banks which the European Union says
are helping finance Tehran’s nuclear programme.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union warned Egypt on Wednesday it could lose funds from its 5 billion euro (4.2 billion pounds) aid package if democratic reforms fail to satisfy Brussels, and said Cairo has already lost some additional funding.
In a report on reforms in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, the European Commission said Cairo has shown insufficient progress since the 2011 revolt that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak and handed power to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union governments on Friday rejected Franco-British efforts to lift an EU arms embargo to allow weapons supplies to Syrian rebels, saying this could spark an arms race and worsen regional instability.
France and Britain found little support for their proposal at an EU summit in Brussels, diplomats said, but EU foreign ministers will consider the issue again next week.