French FM to join Iran N. talks on Saturday

Tehran, March 27, IRNA – French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius plans to join nuclear talks between Iran and the six major world powers in Switzerland on Saturday, a French Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday.

Fabius will join US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Lausanne, RT reported.

On Friday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi voiced optimism about the trend of the ongoing talks between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany), but meantime said there is still a serious gap between Tehran and the western powers.

‘All differences are serious and we are trying to reduce these differences,’ Araqchi, also a senior negotiator in the talks with the world powers, told reporters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

‘… we are still hopeful and optimistic, but it is still soon to state if we will be able to obtain a solution on all issues or not,’ he added.

He noted that both sides are trying to reach a solution on all issues first and then write down the solutions in black and white in the coming months.

Araqchi pointed to the Iran-G5+1 meetings on Friday, and said, ‘Bilateral and multilateral meetings at the level of experts, deputy FMs, and FMs will be held today and we hope these meetings lead to progress in the negotiations.’

He noted that the Iranian negotiators will stay in Lausanne as long as needed.