French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned Iran that it will face deeper isolation if it does not agree soon to talks with world powers over its nuclear programme. Iran has so far rejected invitations to such talks.
Sarkozy agreed to a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesday at which French officials said Mottaki would deliver a message from the “highest Iranian authorities” on the highly disputed nuclear programme.
But before Mottaki had left the building, Sarkozy’s office issued a statement suggesting no breakthrough was made and urging
“He (Sarkozy) underlined the importance and seriousness of the initiative by the ‘six’,” the French statement said, urging
The six powers have offered
They have invited
The powers suspect
U.S. President Barack Obama has said he is prepared to hold talks with
“There is almost a last chance to negotiate and it must be seized,” a senior official in Sarkozy’s office told reporters.
The senior French official said the message Mottaki brought from
“The president (Sarkozy) told them ‘hurry up because time is running out’. He said they have to be real, positive counter-proposals,” the official said.
The rare encounter between a senior Iranian politician and the leader of a major power took place nine days before
Sarkozy is due to meet Obama on Saturday in
“The window of opportunity (for
Sarkozy also denounced comments by Ahmadinejad on Wednesday in which he called the Holocaust a “great deception”.
“The president (Sarkozy) condemned the remarks made on this day by the Iranian president calling into question the reality of the Holocaust,” the statement said, adding that the comments were “unacceptable and deeply shocking”.
Date created : 2009-06-04