Top Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi who was speaking with Mehr News Agency said that FM Mohammad Javad Zarif has invited the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union Catherine Ashton on a visit to Tehran.
Maintaining that no precise schedule has yet been arranged for the visit, Araqchi said "Mrs. Ashton has an open invitation from Mr. Zarif to make a trip to Iran at any time.”
Poised with the question whether Zarif and Ashton are to have any meeting in the sidelines of their upcoming ME trips, the Deputy Foreign Minister said that for the time being there are no visits on agenda.
Also in response to a question whether January 20 is the time for Iran and the P5+1 to start the implementation of the joint plan of action he said "A proposed date has been agreed upon which I cannot tell now. But in case agreement is made the joint plan of action will start operation on that day.”
Meanwhile the Chief Spokesperson to HRVP Catherine Ashton Michael Mann has said that no official invitation has been addressed at Ashton, but she is willing to make a trip to Tehran to better pursue the nuclear negotiations.