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Zarif: New round of nuclear talks will be held next week

23 February 2015 18:55

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tells reporters in Geneva that the next round of nuclear talks between Iranian negotiators and representatives of the P5+1 group of countries will be held on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council in the Swiss city, next week.

“Over the past three days, we had serious, useful and constructive talks with the P5+1 countries, particularly the American side, that attended the negotiations with its Secretary of State [John Kerry] and Energy Secretary [Ernest Moniz],” Zarif told reporters in Geneva on Monday, after the end of the third round of nuclear talks.

He added that the parties involved in the negotiations succeeded in making “some progress” on certain issues “but we have a long way ahead to reach a final agreement.”

Zarif also ruled out agreement on individual topics as long as an overarching agreement is not reached on all issues.

“Certainly, as long as an agreement is not reached on all issues, there will be no agreement on individual topics,” he emphasized.
“Therefore, the negotiations will continue and we decided to go on with [nuclear] talks once again next week on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council,” Zarif pointed out.

He also thanked head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, for his “effective presence” in this round of talks in Geneva.

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