Chinese FM to join Iran nuclear talks in Geneva

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will travel to the Swiss city of Geneva to participate in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six major world powers.

Wang is due to join the talks on Tehran’s nuclear energy program on Saturday, Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency reported on Friday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has also decided to go to Geneva on Saturday.

Negotiations over the Iranian nuclear issue began in Geneva on Thursday, and were joined by US Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany on Friday.

On Thursday, China called for a flexible and pragmatic approach during the nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain — plus Germany.

“We hold that all related sides should take a flexible and practical attitude, and seek a win-win solution that benefits all sides,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a daily press briefing in Beijing.

Hong added that his country hopes that the talks on Iran’s nuclear issue could make new progress as soon as possible.

He said China is prepared to cooperate with all parties to help the Geneva talks succeed.

On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, “If all parties make efforts, we could reach an agreement in the negotiations in Geneva.”

Ahead of the Geneva talks, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic will enter the talks with seriousness, expressing hope for substantial progress in the discussions.

By Press TV


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