|Vienna talks meant to bring views closer: Iranian negotiator||
TEHRAN – A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has said that a new round of high-level talks on Tehran’s nuclear program, which is scheduled to be held in Vienna on Tuesday and Wednesday, is meant to bring the two sides’ views closer together.
“We hope that we will be able to bring views closer together and reduce differences on general issues in upcoming talks so that we will be able to discuss details and start drafting (a deal) from the next meeting,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told the Mehr News Agency on Sunday.
The Vienna talks are meant to build on an interim deal reached between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) in Geneva on November 24, 2013, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief.
The Geneva agreement was designed to provide time to negotiate a comprehensive solution to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. The interim agreement came into force on January 20.
Iran and the six major powers also held expert-level talks in the Austrian capital from Thursday to Saturday to prepare for the next round of political-level talks.
Hamid Baeidinejad, the head of the Iranian delegation, said on Saturday that expert-level talks were “useful”, adding that the discussions helped the two sides better understand each other’s views.
He also said that technical solutions and thorough expert discussions would help negotiators make important decisions at the political level.
In addition, he said that the results of the expert-level talks would be submitted on Monday to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is the chief Iranian nuclear negotiator, and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who acts on behalf of the six major powers.
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