On July 19, 2008, High Representative for the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, together with the political director-generals from the Foreign Ministries of China, the United States, Russia, Britain, France and Germany, held a meeting with Secretary of the Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili in Geneva. Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jieyi attended the meeting.
Solana and representatives of the six countries reaffirmed that the six countries and EU adhere to a solution to the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic means, expressing hope that the Iranian side will earnestly study and respond as soon as possible to the proposal raised by the six countries and EU on restarting the talks. Jalili said that Iran is ready to hold dialogue and negotiations with the six countries and EU based on the common ground between the proposal on restarting the six-nation talks and Iran's package of proposals. Both sides also exchanged views on the next-phase work.
Liu stressed that it is in the interest of all parties to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue through negotiations and China has always been making relentless efforts to this end. "Currently there is a rare opportunity for promoting the resumption of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue," said Liu. "Enhanced diplomatic efforts and flexibility are needed for an early resumption of dialogue and negotiations so that a long-term, comprehensive and appropriate solution could be found for the nuclear issue," he said. China is ready to work with all parties concerned to play a constructive role in this regard, he added.
On June 14, 2008, High Representative for the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, together with the political director-generals from the Foreign Ministries of China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany, delivered a letter from foreign ministers of the six countries to Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, as well as a proposal on restarting the six-nation talks in Tehran.