Iran’s Zarif, EU’s Ashton meet ahead of nuclear talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has met with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton ahead of a new round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers.

On Wednesday, the two officials attended a working lunch session in New York prior to the seventh round of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany this year.

The two sides reviewed the latest on the talks between Iran and the six major world powers over Tehran’s nuclear energy program and also discussed how to continue the negotiations.

Bilateral meetings between representatives from Iran and the P5+1 group – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany – are also slated to kick off later on Thursday.

The seventh round of talks between Iran and the P5+1, which aim to narrow the remaining gaps and finalize a nuclear deal between the two sides, will officially begin on Friday.

The negotiations will be held on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Earlier on Wednesday, Zarif expressed optimism over the achievement of a final nuclear deal with the six world powers, but stressed that it would require a lot of work and a lot of hard discussions.

“It’s going to be a very tough discussion because we have tough decisions that everybody needs to make in order to move this process forward,” Zarif told Press TV.

Last November, Tehran and the six countries signed an interim deal in Geneva, which took effect on January 20 and expired six months later. In July, Iran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 this year after they failed to reach common ground on a number of key issues.

By Press TV


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