Iran, Six Powers Conclude Plenary Ministerial Meeting in Lausanne

LAUSANNE (Tasnim) – Foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany wrapped up a plenary meeting in Lausanne on Monday morning in a final push for a preliminary framework accord on Tehran’s nuclear program with an end-March deadline looming.

Iran, Six Powers Conclude Plenary Ministerial Meeting in Lausanne

According to Tasnim dispatches, the ministerial session lasted for roughly one and half hours as the marathon negotiations in the Swiss city are reaching a climax.

In addition to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Russia's Sergei Lavrov, China's Wang Yi and the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini gathered at a 19th-century hotel in Lausanne to break an impasse in the nuclear talks.

Following the plenary meeting, Britain’s Hammond and China’s Wang Yi started a bilateral meeting.

The parties have been working to agree on a preliminary framework accord by the end of March, to be followed by a comprehensive deal by June 30 that includes all technical details.

The long-awaited comprehensive deal aims to end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran's civilian nuclear activities.

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