Iranian FM, EU’s Ashton to Attend Next Session of Geneva Talks
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – As two days of nuclear talks are coming to a close today, many are waiting for the dramatic finale attended by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to get a sense of relief and breakthrough.
Top diplomats from Iran and the G5+1, also known as P5+1, which includes the five permanent members of the UN Security Council --Russia, China, the US, Britain and France-- as well as Germany started this fresh round of two-day negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program in Switzerland’s Geneva on Tuesday morning.
So far three sessions have been held, and the last one will be attended by Zarif, who is also Iran's top nuclear negotiator, and Cathrine Ashton who oversees diplomacy with Iran on behalf of the six world powers.
At the opening session of the talks, Tehran presented a three-step plan that aims to bring the standoff over the Islamic Republic’s peaceful nuclear program to an end, but details of the proposals have not been revealed so far.
According to an official close to the Iranian team, the evening session of nuclear talks on Tuesday revolved around Iran’s proposed plan that was offered to the representatives of G5+1 countries earlier in the day.
Furthermore, there have been reports that further details of Iran’s proposed plan would be revealed during the talks on Wednesday afternoon.
Little information only came to light after Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who was delegated by zarif to lead the Iranian team of negotiators in Geneva nuclear talks, said last night that Tehran will consider talks on the level of uranium enrichment, as well as adoption of the Additional Protocol, in the final stage of its proposed plan.
In the meantime, the participating sides in the ongoing talks are going to issue a joint communiqué at the end of their negotiations on Wednesday, a document many hope will open the way to end the nuclear impasse between the two sides.