The United States said on Friday it looked forward to the next round of discussions with Iran.
Philip Crowley, the U.S. assistant secretary of state, told a daily press briefing in which he said the Catherine Ashton confirmed that the next round of discussions between P5+1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council including the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) and Iran would be in Istanbul later this month.
"We look forward to the next round of discussions. We would like to see a meaningful negotiations process emerge," Crowley said.
Crowley said the United States and its partners were committed to pragmatic efforts to resolve the international community's concerns about Iran's nuclear program.
"But we are equally committed to holding Iran accountable to its international obligations and will continue to focus on this until Iran demonstrates that ? through tangible steps that it is prepared to resolve international concerns." he also said.
The first meeting between Iran and P5+1 took place in Geneva, Switzerland in October 2009.