SHAFAQNA – Political directors of Iran and the P5+1 states have wrapped up their talks on Tehran’s nuclear program in Geneva, Switzerland, as the two sides are making intensive efforts to narrow their differences and ink a comprehensive deal.
Following five days of closed-door negotiations in Geneva, Tehran and the six states – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US, and Germany — agreed to resume their discussions on Iran’s nuclear energy program next month.
The two sides are yet to decide the date and location of their next round of discussions.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi described the Geneva discussions as “good” and “extensive,” adding, “We reviewed all subjects on the table and we had very serious and business-like negotiations.”
The senior nuclear negotiator further said Tehran and its negotiating partners are still working “to bridge the gap between the two sides.”
Efforts for lasting nuclear deal
Senior negotiators from all sides involved in the nuclear talks have stepped up their diplomatic efforts to pave the way for a final, long-term accord aimed at putting an end to the 12-year-old dispute over Tehran’s peaceful nuclear activities.
The latest Geneva talks were held at the level of political directors and included lengthy meetings between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry in Geneva and Paris.
This was the second round of discussions since Tehran and the six world powers failed to work out a permanent nuclear deal by last November’s deadline despite making some progress.
The two sides decided to extend their talks for seven more months until July 1, with the interim deal they had signed in Geneva in November 2013 remaining in place.
Tehran and the six countries now seek to reach a high-level political agreement by March 1 and then confirm the full technical details of the agreement by July 1.
The scale of Iran’s uranium enrichment and the timetable for the lifting of anti-Iran sanctions are seen as major sticking points in the ongoing negotiations.