Zarif, Kerry conclude 7-hour talks in Geneva

Tehran, Jan 15, IRNA – Iran and US foreign ministers concluded seven hours of talks in Geneva, Switzerland.
  Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart held three rounds of talks in short intervals on Wednesday.

Before their third round of talks which took about hour and a half, they took a short walk outside the venue of talks – mandarine hotel – for ten minites.

Their meeting in Geneva aimed at accelerating pace of negotiations between Iran and the 5+1.

The talks are the first of kind in the new Christian years aimed at reviewing the ways to accelerate negotiations between Iran and the 5+1.

The volume of Iran’s enrichment activities, the timetable for removal of sanctions and the deadline for reaching a final deal are the most basic points of differences remaining among participants in the talks.

Done with his talks with Kerry, Zarif is to leave Geneva for Berlin to meet his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday while his deputies are to resume talks with their American counterparts in Geneva.

After berlin, he will meet the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels, Belgium.

Then, he will proceed to Paris to meet French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Zarif is to discuss ways to fight terrorism and highlight the need to prevent offenses to religious holy notions under any pretext and in any form.

He will also review bilateral relations with the European officials.

Zarif and the US Secretary of State met in Geneva on Wednesday six weeks after the deadline for Iran-Group 5+1 talks was extended until July 1st, 2015.



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