Iran, Russia review Iran-6 powers nuclear talks

Iran and Russia have exchanged views on the two days of talks between the Islamic Republic and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Reza Sajjadi, Iran’s ambassador to Moscow, and Sergey Ryabkov, Russian deputy foreign minister and chief negotiator, held the meeting on Thursday.

The two diplomats met a day after Iran and the six countries wrapped up two days of negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva, Switzerland, and agreed to meet again in the Swiss city on November 7-8.

A joint statement issued following the Geneva meeting read, “The participants also agreed that E3+3 (France, Germany and the UK plus China, Russia and the US) and Iranian nuclear, scientific and sanctions experts will convene before the next meeting to address differences and to develop practical steps.”

Following the talks, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said that the negotiations were “promising”, adding that Iran’s new proposal could produce progress toward ending the standoff between the West and the Islamic Republic over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also described the talks as “extensive” and “fruitful,” expressing optimism that the negotiations “will hopefully be the beginning of a new phase” in the country’s relations with the six powers.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton also hailed the nuclear talks as the most “substantive” and “detailed” held between the two sides.

She added that the six world powers are carefully considering a proposal offered by Iran at the talks, but noted that both sides have agreed not to disclose the details of Tehran’s proposal, which she described as an “important contribution.”

Zarif had presented Iran’s proposal titled “Closing an Unnecessary Crisis, Opening a New Horizon” to the six countries during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday.

By Press TV


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