Iraq not on agenda of Iran-Sextet talks: Araqchi

A top Iranian nuclear negotiator has dismissed speculations that the ongoing crisis in Iraq will feature in the course of Tehran’s new round of talks with the Sextet of powers in Vienna.

In response to a question about the participation of US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in the talks, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi noted that the US diplomat’s presence “has nothing to do with Iraq’s developments.”

“His participation is merely for the continuation of negotiations on the nuclear issue,” Araqchi said.

On Sunday, a senior US official said the administration of President Barack Obama is considering the situation to hold talks with Iran over the Iraqi crisis.

Takfiri militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have recently been carrying out acts of terror in Iraq, taking over a number of cities and committing atrocities against the people.

“During the Vienna talks, only the issue of Iran’s nuclear activities will be discussed,” Araqchi reiterated.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are set to start a fresh round of negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Monday.

The talks are part of efforts for a final comprehensive nuclear deal to end the West’s decade-old dispute with Tehran over the country’s nuclear energy program.

By Press TV


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