Meeting of Political Director-Generals on the Iranian Nuclear Issue

April 16, 2008

'On April 16, 2008, the political director-generals from the foreign ministries of the six countries including China, the United States, Russia, Britain, France and Germany, as well as the Director-General for External Relations of the Council of the EU met in Shanghai to discuss a plan to restart negotiations on Iran's nuclear issue. Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister He Yafei chaired the meeting.

All parties present at the meeting agreed to further carry out a statement issued by the six foreign ministers and push forward the solution of the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic negotiations. The parties had reached an "important consensus" on the plan to restart negotiations through in-depth and constructive discussion. They also exchanged in-depth views on the next steps concerning the plan. The involved parties all agreed to maintain close communication and consultations in an effort to continue their discussions on some unsolved issues concerning the plan.

He reiterated China's call for a peaceful resolution of the issue through diplomatic negotiations, urging the concerned parties to reinforce their diplomatic efforts and demonstrate their flexibility to work out a creative plan to resume the negotiation as soon as possible. He called on all parties concerned to work for a comprehensive and long-lasting settlement of the nuclear issue.

In the joint statement issued in early March, the foreign ministers of the six countries reaffirmed willingness to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue through negotiations, agreeing to find a plan to resume the negotiations at the earliest date possible. The current meeting itself is aimed at further implementing the consensus reached by the six foreign ministers.