Tehran lauds seriousness in Geneva negotiations
Press TV -(Sun Oct 20, 2013) Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator has praised the strong will for negotiation in the latest round of talks between the Islamic Republic and six major world powers over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
Speaking on national TV, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Abbas Araqchi said the seriousness on the part of both Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany created a positive atmosphere in the talks.
The positive climate helped the two sides engage in detailed negotiations, he noted.
Araqchi acknowledged that there were still major differences between the two sides and that there was a long way ahead for those divisions to be resolved.
The Iranian diplomat, however, expressed hope over the future of the talks, given the agreement reached during the Geneva meeting on the framework and path of the upcoming negotiations.
In mid-October, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain – plus Germany held two days of negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program behind closed doors in the Swiss city of Geneva
During the talks, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif presented Tehran’s proposal titled “Closing an Unnecessary Crisis, Opening a New Horizon” to EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, and the representatives of the six countries.
The two sides agreed to keep the details of the proposal confidential for the time being.
Following the negotiations, Ashton lauded the talks as the most “detailed” and “substantive” ever between the two sides, describing Iran’s new proposal as an “important contribution.”
Iran and the six powers agreed to meet again in Geneva on November 7-8.