|Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Hailong Attends Talks between EU, the Six Countries and Iran in Geneva|
From Dec. 6 to 7, 2010, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, political director generals of foreign ministries of China, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, and Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili held talks in Geneva, Switzerland. The parties exchanged views on the Iranian nuclear program and other international and regional issues and agreed to hold the next round of talks by the end of next January in Istanbul, Turkey. Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Hailong headed the Chinese delegation for the talks.
Wu said China has consistently supported the international nuclear non-proliferation system and advocates resolving the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogues and negotiations so as to maintain peace and stability in the Middle East. The talk of EU and the six countries with Iran will contribute to increasing mutual understanding between the two sides. The parties should adhere to resolving the issue through diplomatic negotiations. The parties should follow the spirit of cooperation, flexibility and pragmatism, and work together to build mutual trust, seek consensus, and make continuous progress in the dialogue process. China will, as always, be committed to advocating peace and facilitating talks. China is willing to make joint efforts with all parties to maintain the dialogue process and seek a comprehensive, long-term, proper and effective solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.
After the talks, Wu told reporters it was the first time that EU and the six countries held such a talk with Iran over the past one year and more. Generally speaking, the talk was good and the atmosphere was good. In the talk, both sides demonstrated a constructive attitude, had a frank exchange of views on a broad range of international and regional issues including the nuclear issue, and showed positive intentions to resolve their differences through dialogues and negotiations.
Wu pointed out the non-proliferation hot issues have always been the focus of attention of the international community. China has always actively promoted the process of resolving them through dialogues and negotiations in a clear-cut manner. It fully embodies the responsible and constructive attitude of the Chinese side to deal with international affairs. China will continue to make efforts toward this goal.