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We are closer to solution on certain issues: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets US Secretary of State John Kerry in Lausanne on March 16, 2015.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets US Secretary of State John Kerry in Lausanne on March 16, 2015.

TEHRAN, Mar. 16 (MNA) – The Iranian negotiating team has deemed the Monday talks in Lausanne ‘progressive’ and containing various issues from sanctions to US Congress letter.  

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks at the end of the 5-hour nuclear talks between Iran and the US political and technical teams in Lausanne.

He told IRIB that the negotiations needed to continue until Friday in order to determine the final results of the talks.

Noting that the Monday’s talks revolved around the remaining differences between the negotiating sides and various issues from the sanctions to the US Congress letter had been touched upon, Zarif asserted, “although we consider the Congress letter as a politically-motivated move, we need to understand what the US government stance is on this issue.”

Zarif invited by Federica Mogherini departed for Brussels Monday afternoon to hold talks with British, German, and French FMs. According to Zarif, the head of AEOI Ali Akbar Salehi remained in Lausanne to continue the talks with the American side on a technical level.

Iran’s senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araghchi also maintained that the Monday’s meeting mostly revolved around practical issues, hoping that this approach would facilitate reaching solutions.

Ali Akbar Salehi deemed the talks in Lausanne ‘progressive’, adding “I feel we have been able to achieve some progress with every meeting we hold and this by itself is a positive sign.”

Iran and the 5+1 have held nuclear talks in an effort to bridge their differences and facilitate a comprehensive accord ahead of a July 1 deadline.

By Mehr News Agency