Iran, US resume bilateral nuclear negations

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi (L) and Wendy Sherman, the top US negotiator in Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi (L) and Wendy Sherman, the top US negotiator in Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks

Geneva, Feb 20, IRNA – Bilateral Iran-US nuclear negotiations featuring the two countries’ deputy foreign minister resumed at 11 o’clock local time, 1:30 pm, Tehran time here in Geneva.

The Iranian nuclear negotiation team headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi arrived in Geneva Friday morning to pursue talks with the US delegation on ways for achieving a comprehensive final agreement on Iran’s peaceful nuclear program with the western Sextet t pre-scheduled deadline.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe and American Affairs Majid Takhte-Ravanchi is another member of the Iranian negotiation team in these talks.

The Head of the US delegation in the talks in Friday and Saturday negotiations is the veteran US politician Wendy Sherman, who is the US Secretary of States’ third top official.

The two countries’ two-day talks at deputy ministers’ level will lead to the Sunday and Monday talks of Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif and Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva.

Araghchi had on Thursday predicted that on the 4th day of the negotiations the deputy foreign ministers of the other five members of the 5+1 Group (also known as the western Sextet, the E3+3 and the UN Big Five plus Germany), too, will join the talks, but not at the seven countries’ foreign ministers’ level.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry’s legal and international affairs deputy Araqchi will after these negotiations head for Vienna on Tuesday to talk with the Managing Director of the UN nuclear watchdog Yukiya Amano aimed at accelerating the Iran-IAEA cooperation.

By IRNA