Iran-US negotiations to focus on nuclear issues: Araqchi

An Iranian deputy foreign minister says a meeting between officials from Iran and the United States in Geneva next week will focus only on nuclear issues.

Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, who is a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator as well as Iran’s deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, said on Sunday that US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns will head the American delegation and will be accompanied by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman.

The meeting comes ahead of the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain – plus Germany, scheduled for June 16-20 in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.

Araqchi also stated that he and Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi will head the Iranian delegation in Geneva.

He went on to say that lifting of sanctions imposed against Iran will be among the topics to be discussed during the meeting with American officials.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry says the meeting between the Iranian and US delegations will be held in Geneva on June 9 and 10.

Iranian officials will later sit down with Russian diplomats in the Italian capital, Rome, on June 11-12.

Representatives from Iran will probably hold further meetings with other delegations from the six countries.

On Saturday, Araqchi said the Islamic Republic has already held bilateral deputy-level meetings with some delegations from the six countries.

By Press TV


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