Zarif-Gass 45-minute nuclear talks end

Vienna, July 17, IRNA – bilateral nuclear talks between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and head of British delegation Simon Gas on issues related to extension of negotiationsˈ period ended here Thursday evening after a 45 minute exchange of ideas.
The bilateral meeting in Viennaˈs Cobourg Hotel was held under such conditions that the news on possible extension of the negotiationsˈ period beyond the July 20 deadline has both got more prevalent and more serious, and it is predicted that the two sides will come up with the required sum up by noon time, Friday.

In a similar bilateral meeting with the outgoing EU foreign policy director, Catherine Ashton, which took two hours earlier Thursday evening Zarif and Ashton discussed the same issue.

On this 16th day of the Vienna 6 nuclear negotiations the bilateral talks between the Iranian deputy foreign ministers Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, Majid Takht-e Ravanchi and the top US negotiator Wendy Sherman, too, was held aimed at further proximity of the two sidesˈ stands.

The Iran-US talks on Thursday also included the negotiations at the level of the two countriesˈ experts.

The Iranian foreign minister said after his 120 minute talks with Ashton that in order to achieve a shared mutual understanding between Iran and the Sextet the negotiation period will be extended and the ongoing talks and consultation between the two sides are on time schedule and the method of negotiating.



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