Iranian, EU, US Diplomats to Hold Trilateral Nuclear Talks in Vienna
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – High-ranking diplomats from Iran, the European Union and the US plan to hold a trilateral meeting in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Thursday as part of a fresh round of talks to draft the text of a final deal on Tehran's nuclear energy program.
The meeting will be held at Vienna's Coburg Hotel at 11:30 a.m. local time among Iranian top negotiators and deputies foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht Ravanchi, European Union Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmid, and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman.
The EU coordinates diplomacy with Iran on behalf of the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, France, US, Britain, and Germany).
The deputy-level talks are expected to continue on Friday.
Expert-level talks also kicked off in Vienna on Tuesday. Iranian Foreign Ministry's Director General for the Political and International Affairs Hamid Baeidinejad heads the country's team of experts in the sessions.
Iran and the six powers have held several rounds of talks in recent months to hammer out a lasting accord that would end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran's civilian nuclear program.
On April 2, Iran and the sextet reached a framework nuclear agreement in Lausanne, Switzerland, with both sides committed to push for a final deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), until the end of June.