VIENNA -- Diplomats say a U.N.-supervised Arab-Israel meeting meant to spur discussions on a Mideast nuclear free zone will take place despite tensions in the region.

Israel and the Arab nations agreed months ago to the talks convened by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Diplomats said Wednesday they were never in doubt, despite Israeli-Palestinian tensions and concerns over Iran's nuclear program.

The talks, to be held Monday and Tuesday, are meant to be an exploratory discussion on creating such a zone and will not come to any decisions. But they are significant in their potential to create trust ahead of a bigger meeting scheduled for next year.