Iran, France start bilateral nuclear negotiations in Geneva
Press TV -(Wed Jun 11, 2014) Representatives from Iran and France have kicked off bilateral talks in the Swiss city of Geneva aimed at bridging the gap in the negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, a top Iranian nuclear negotiator and deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, together with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi head the Iranian delegation.
Nicolas de Rivière leads the French delegation.
The meeting between the Iranian and French delegations comes a day after Iran and the United States wrapped up their two-day talks in Geneva.
Araqchi said on Tuesday that the talks went on well, though some differences remained to be resolved.
“We had good exchanges of views. We had good consultations. Of course, the differences and gaps still exist, but before the next round of negotiations next week in Vienna…the atmosphere was good,” he said.
Araqchi further noted that representatives from Iran and Germany will hold bilateral nuclear talks in Tehran on June 15.
The talks come ahead of the next round of high-level negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program scheduled for June 16-20 in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain – plus Germany have been discussing ways to iron out differences and start drafting a final deal that would end the West’s dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
Iran and its negotiating partners wrapped up their latest round of high-level nuclear talks in Vienna on May 16.