Iran, P5+1 discuss draft of final deal during marathon talks in New York

Tehran, May 3, IRNA – Iran and the Group called P5+1 (US, Russia, Britain, France, China, Germany) discussed the draft of final comprehensive nuclear deal during marathon talks in New York.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbas Araqchi, Majid Takhte-Ravanchi and EU Political Director Helga Schmid held 24 hours of talks on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Foreign Ministry Director General for International and Political Affairs Hamid Baeeidinejad as well as an Aide to the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Stefan Clement held also separate meetings on legal and technical aspects of negotiations.

Iran and P5+1 negotiating teams will not have talks on Sunday in order to have internal consultations between their delegate members.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said to reporters on Saturday that Iran and the P5+1 countries, represented by EU political director have officially started drawing up the draft of a final nuclear agreement.

He expressed hope that within the next days, the sides would be able to write the first draft of the overarching deal ‘which includes all points’.

‘It will be a tough task. This first draft will be full of disputed issues and will include parentheses and brackets, and decisions should be made about them in the future,’ Araqchi said.

Experts from Iran and the six global powers are examining the details, he said, noting that a two-month period has been envisaged for writing the draft.

Iran and the P5+1 countries seek to reach a draft agreement in New York no matter how many days it will take, the official said, adding the next round of talks would continue in Europe.

Araqchi noted that the main agenda of the Iranian negotiating team in New York focused on the NPT review conference.

The Iranian negotiators, however, have held nuclear talks with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano and US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the New York event, Araqchi said.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries reached a mutual understanding on Tehran’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

The two sides held expert-level talks in Vienna, Austria, on April 24. The three-day talks were held in a bid to draft the text of a final agreement based on the mutual understanding reached in Lausanne.

Iran and the six-party group have agreed to finalize a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program by the end of June.