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Obama, Putin discuss Iran nuclear talks by phone: White House
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_am1(298).jpgTEHRAN – U.S. President Barack Obama telephoned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday to talk about several global issues where the two powers have not seen eye-to-eye, including ongoing talks on Iran’s nuclear program, the Syrian crisis, and violence in Ukraine, the White House said, according to Reuters. 
 
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) held talks in Vienna from Tuesday to Thursday in pursuit of a final deal on Tehran’s nuclear program. They agreed to meet again in the Austrian capital on March 17.  
 
Iran and the six major powers said on Thursday that they had agreed on a timetable and framework for negotiating a comprehensive deal to end the decade-long dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program. 
 
On Syria, the leaders spoke about talks to find a political solution to the crisis, and the need for the Syrian government “to adhere to its commitment to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons program,” the White House said.
 
They also discussed “concerns over the humanitarian crisis and the necessity of a strong UN Security Council resolution on the issue,” the White House said in a statement.
 
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