China's Assistant Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu speaks during an interview by Xinhua News Agency in Baghdad, May 24, 2012. Iran and six world powers known as P5+1 agreed Thursday to meet in mid June in Moscow for a new round of talks to resolve the nuclear dispute after two days of discussions in Baghdad. (Xinhua/Wang Hongbin)
by Jamal Hashim
BAGHDAD, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Key talks to resolve the nuclear dispute between Iran and the world six major powers ended in Baghdad Thursday with a plan to hold another round of talks in Moscow next month.
Ma Zhaoxu, China's representative to the talks and the country' s Assistant Foreign Minister as well, branded the talks as " gaining new achievements."
"Based on a step-by-step approach and reciprocity, all sides, during the meeting, declared their willingness to address the issue through dialogue," he told Xinhua at the conclusion of two- day talks.
During the past two days, representatives of Iran and the UN Security Council's five permanent members -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China -- plus Germany, known as P5+1, as well as the EU, held their intensified negotiations aiming at defusing the long-running escalating crisis over Tehran's nuclear program.
The meetings were held at one of the palaces in the presidential complex in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Iraqi capital Baghdad that houses Iraqi government offices and some foreign embassies, including the U.S. embassy.