|Iran, Russia hold ‘useful’ nuclear talks in Rome||
TEHRAN – The Iranian delegation and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov held “useful” discussions on Tehran’s nuclear program in Rome, senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday.
The discussions took place as part of bilateral consultations between representatives of Iran and the six world powers ahead of the main Vienna meetings set for June 16-20.
“There have been consultations between Tehran and Moscow on the nuclear issue on a regular basis, and now on the threshold of the next round of negotiations in Vienna, these consultations are of particular importance,” Araqchi noted.
Last week, the Iranian negotiators held meetings with delegations of France and the United States in the Swiss city of Geneva. Araqchi had said the talks were held in a positive atmosphere, though the differences remained.
A German delegation, led by Hans Dieter Lucas who represents Berlin at the nuclear talks, arrived in Tehran on Friday and will meet the Iranian negotiators on Sunday.
Representatives from Iran and the 5+1 group - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany - struck an interim deal last November according to which Iran agreed to limit parts of it nuclear activities in return for a limited sanctions relief. The two sides are conducting various negotiations to build on the temporary deal to achieve a final comprehensive agreement by July 20. Once the final deal is struck, all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran will be gradually lifted.
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