Vienna 2 Talks Slated for March 17-20
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Austrian capital, Vienna, will host another round of negotiations between Iran and the sextet of world powers in mid-March.
According to the Tasnim News Agency dispatches, Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, France, Britain and China plus Germany) plan to hold the next round of talks on Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program on March 17-20 in the Austrian capital.
The two sides’ negotiating teams held talks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, discussing the priorities for the future negotiations and working out a framework for an ultimate and comprehensive agreement on Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton had also met twice in Vienna on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said that Tehran and the six countries had finalized a framework for comprehensive talks to reach a final agreement.
Araqchi added that the talks were held in a positive atmosphere.
This week’s talks were the first round of high-level negotiations since a November interim deal, clinched between Iran and the G5+1.
On November 24, 2013, Tehran and the sextet of world powers signed an interim six-month deal on Tehran’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Geneva.
The breakthrough deal (the Joint Plan of Action), which has come into effect since January 20, stipulates that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of the whole sanctions on Iran.