Zarif, Ashton start 2nd day of talks in Istanbul

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has held the second day of talks with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in Istanbul.

On Tuesday morning local time, Zarif and Ashton resumed a second day of closed-door discussions in the Turkish city to exchange views on the progress of ongoing nuclear talks between Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain, and the United States – plus Germany.

Meanwhile, a separate expert-level meeting is also underway between Director General for Political and International Affairs at Iran’s Foreign Ministry Hamid Baeidinejad and Stephen Clement, Ashton’s aide, in Istanbul, ISNA cited an unnamed source close to the Iranian negotiating delegation as saying.

Zarif and Ashton also held an unofficial meeting in the Turkish city on Monday and attended a working dinner banquet later in the build-up to the upcoming round of nuclear negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 slated to open in the Austrian capital of Vienna on June 16.

Tehran and the P5+1 have been discussing ways to resolve their differences and start drafting a final deal that would resolve the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.

The two sides wrapped up the fourth round of nuclear talks in Vienna earlier this month.

By Press TV

 

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