Negotiators in Geneva Start Hectic Day in Anticipation of Interim Accord
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A meeting among deputies foreign minister of Iran and the six major world powers ended in Geneva minutes ago, as momentum appears to be building for a long-elusive breakthrough deal on Iran's nuclear program.
While intensive talks between Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany stretched into an unexpected fourth day, deputies foreign minister from both sides wrapped up a meeting, which had started at 8:30 am Geneva time, today.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi, along with Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi attended the just-concluded meeting on behalf of the Islamic Republic.
The session involved expert discussions over the remaining differences between the two sides.
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton also held another bilateral meeting, which is now in progress.
Over the past three days, Zarif and Ashton have held several sessions of meetings with the aim of reaching an agreement to help end the 10-year standoff over Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities.
In the ongoing talks, the team of Iranian negotiators is led by the country’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, while Catherine Ashton oversees diplomacy with Iran on behalf of the six world powers.
The talks had been initially scheduled to conclude on Friday, but were extended amid hopes of a possible final accord, prompting the G5+1 foreign ministers to announce their attendance in person.
The foreign ministers of six major powers are gathering in Geneva to negotiate and likely clinch a nuclear deal with Iran.
Negotiators have been working since Wednesday to try to find an agreement that is acceptable to both sides.
The United States and its western allies have suggested they are ready to ease some sanctions in return for a first-step deal that starts to put limits on Iran's nuclear program, but they insist that the stringent sanctions that have targeted Iran's oil and financial sectors are to remain intact in the first stage that is going to last six months.
From what diplomats from both sides of the table have told reporters, it seems a deal that is acceptable to both sides is close at hand.
Iran insists it holds a right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. Diplomats indicated a compromise that would recognize this right internationally may be within reach.