Expert-Level Talks between Iran, G5+1 to Kick off in Vienna
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Austria’s capital city of Vienna hosts delegations representing Iran and the six major world powers for two days of expert-level talks that precede a higher-level round of negotiations in Geneva on November 7-8.
The two-day expert-level talks between Iran and the G5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain, France as well as Germany) are set to be held a day after negotiations between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) came to a close on Tuesday.
Nuclear and sanctions experts from Iran and the six world powers are to start the meeting today.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi had announced earlier that four experts from the banking, trade, oil and transportation sectors have been added to Iran’s nuclear negotiating team.
Hamid Ba’eedinejad, the Iranian foreign ministry’s director general for political affairs, leads the country’s seven-member team of experts during the two-day meeting.
According to Araqchi, experts from the oil ministry, roads and urban development ministry, and the ministry of industry, mines, and trade as well as the Central Bank of Iran and the Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) would attend the talks.
The Iranian deputy foreign minister had announced earlier that the outcome of the expert-level meeting between Iran and the five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany would be relayed to nuclear negotiating teams involved in the talks over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
Iran and the six powers wrapped up two days of talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 16. Further talks will take place on November 7-8 in Geneva, and the Vienna talks are meant to address differences and to develop practical steps ahead of the upcoming Geneva meeting.
Meanwhile, Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said earlier that his country would be committed to all the nuclear-related treaties and agreements it has acceded to irrespective of the result of future negotiations with the six powers.
“We are committed to the treaties we have signed earlier, but we will work on nuclear science and modern technologies,” he told the Chinese Phoenix TV, when asked about Iran’s approach in case the nuclear talks fail to yield the desired results.
“However,” Larijani added, “we will work with a different format if the talks produce results.”