Iran, Russia urge closer cooperation in N-talks

Iran and Russia have emphasized the importance of closer cooperation during future negotiations between Tehran and six major world powers on Iran’s nuclear energy program.

Director General for political and international affairs at Iran’s Foreign Ministry and a member of the Iranian negotiating team Hamid Ba’eedinejad met with Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan on Saturday where they discussed the latest developments concerning the recent Iran-Sextet nuclear talks in the Swiss city of Geneva.

Ba’eedinejad and Dzhagaryan also exchanged views on the prospects of a possible deal to be discussed in the forthcoming meeting between Iran and the six countries in Geneva on November 20.

On November 7, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany kicked off intense discussions over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in the Swiss city of Geneva which stretched into a third day.

The two sides did not reach an agreement, but stressed that significant progress had been made and expressed optimism about the prospect of a possible deal in the future.

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said amendments made by a member of the Sextet to a US-proposed draft proposal during the recent Iran nuclear talks in Geneva spoiled efforts to clinch a deal.

Lavrov added that Iran and the six powers were close to reaching an agreement during the negotiations, but last-minute amendments to the draft document blocked a deal. Analysts say France was the reason behind the failure of the talks to yield an agreement.

By Press TV


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