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Iran, 5+1 to hold expert meetings on Dec. 9
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep1(224).jpgTEHRAN – Negotiators from Iran and the six major powers will hold expert meetings in Vienna on December 9 and 10 to start working out steps to implement a deal under which Tehran will offer some concessions on its nuclear activities in exchange for limited relief from the sanctions, an Iranian Foreign Ministry official announced on Tuesday. 
 
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) clinched a deal on November 24, which is seen as a first step toward resolving a decade-old dispute on Tehran’s nuclear program.
 
“Directors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will also participate in the negotiations as observers,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Marzieh Afkham told her regular press briefing. 
 
Zarif to visit UAE Wednesday 
 
Afkham also announced that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will leave for Dubai and Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to hold talks with UAE officials.
 
Iran ready to attend conference on Syria without preconditions
 
Elsewhere in his remarks, the spokesperson said that Iran was ready to take part in the Geneva talks on Syria without any preconditions. 
 
An international peace conference for Syria will begin on January 22, the first direct talks between the Syrian government and opposition. 
 
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to help resolve the Syrian crisis,” Afkham said.  
 
Security deal with U.S. will not benefit Afghanistan 
 
Commenting on a security deal between Afghanistan and the United States, Afkham said, “Iran does not regard the signing of such a treaty as beneficial for Afghanistan’s long-term interests.”   
 
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