AFP: EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, will probably meet Wednesday in Vienna, diplomats told AFP. VIENNA, Sept 5, 2006 (AFP) – EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, will probably meet Wednesday in Vienna, diplomats told AFP.
“They will most probably meet in Vienna Wednesday,” said a diplomat close to the Iranians, adding that the two men might also meet with UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei.
“The Vienna weather is fine and this is the headquarters of the (watchdog) International Atomic Energy Agency), so why not Vienna?” the diplomat said.
IAEA officials were not able to confirm the meeting.
Other diplomats said that Brussels was also a possibility for the Solana-Larijani meeting.
The meeting had originally been scheduled for Wednesday in Berlin, a day ahead of a meeting there Thursday of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, the six powers trying to strike a deal with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.
But those countries had ruled out meeting in Berlin with Iran, and one diplomat said the Iranians wanted to avoid holding their meeting in the same capital in order to avoid looking as if they were snubbed.