PARIS, July 7 (Xinhua) -- France confirmed on Friday
that a foreign ministers meeting of the U.N. Security Council's five permanent
members and Germany would be held on July 12 in Paris over Iran's nuclear issue.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana will also attend the meeting, French Foreign Ministry spokesman
Jean-Baptiste Mattei said.
He said the meeting "will allow the ministers to
state their positions" over the result of the process surrounding the proposals
offered on June 6 to Iran in exchange for it suspending uranium enrichment
Solana, who met Iran's National Security Council
Secretary Ali larijani in Brussels on Thursday, said their meeting had been a
"good start" and had been held in a "positive and constructive atmosphere,"
according to the French spokesman, although Tehran had failed to give a firm
reply to the international offer.
Solana and Larijani will come together again next
Tuesday in Brussels, on the eve of the Paris gathering, in an enlarged meeting
with foreign ministers of France, Germany, Britain and Russia, Mattei said.
The spokesman said he hoped Iran could bring an
answer to the international offer before the G8 (Group of eight most
industrialized countries) summit, slated for July 15 in St Petersburg, Russia.