Iranian, British FMs discuss N. talks over phone

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his British counterpart Phillip Hammond in a phone conversation on Saturday reviewed the latest developments in the nuclear talks between Tehran and the world powers.

The Iranian top diplomat held the phone conversation from Geneva where he has had a series of meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the nuclear talks between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany).

Done with his talks with Kerry on Wednesday, Zarif left Geneva for Berlin to meet his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday.

After Berlin, he met European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels, Belgium.

Then, he proceeded to Paris on Friday to meet French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius before which he again had a one-hour meeting with his US counterpart who had traveled to France.

Upon arrival in Geneva on Wednesday, Zarif called on his western counterparts in the nuclear talks to show courage and avoid drawing baseless redlines to make a landmark nuclear deal possible.

“Now we have come to a stage that requires the other side to take its decision in order to enable use to move forward,” Zarif said.

“There need to be some new and comprehensive proposals, and we are ready to bring all issues to final results, but we should see the extent of the readiness of the other side,” he added.

Zarif asked the western powers to take serious and brave decisions to help the negotiations move forward and produce results and avoid specifying improper redlines.

The 10th round of negotiations between Iran and the six world powers was held in Vienna from November 18 to 24, where the seven nations decided to extend the talks until July after they failed to strike an agreement.

The next round of the nuclear talks between the two sides will be held at the level of deputy foreign ministers in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sunday.

By Fars News Agency


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