Iran, six powers may strike deal in Geneva: Zarif
Press TV -(Thu Nov 7, 2013) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says it is “possible” for Tehran and the six major world powers to reach a deal over Iran’s nuclear issue during the ongoing talks in Geneva, if all sides do their best.
“If all parties make efforts, we could reach an agreement in the negotiations in Geneva,” the top Iranian diplomat told reporters in the Swiss city, which is hosting the two-day talks between Iran and the six powers – the US, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany.
Zarif further expressed hope that Tehran’s negotiating side will enter the negotiations with “seriousness,” saying, “We expect serious negotiations and [believe that] it is possible to reach a deal.”
The Iranian foreign minister also described his Thursday morning meeting with European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, as “good.” Ashton represents the six countries in the talks over Iran’s nuclear energy program.
Earlier in the day, the first round of nuclear discussions between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany came to an end in Geneva.
Ahead of the negotiations, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic will enter the talks with seriousness, expressing hope for substantial progress in the discussions.
According to Araqchi, the representatives of Iran and the six powers will hold talks on the content of Tehran’s proposal tabled during the first round of Geneva negotiations on October 15-16. The Iranian proposal is dubbed “Closing an Unnecessary Crisis, Opening a New Horizon.”