Baku, Azerbaijan, March 19
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's foreign minister discussed issues of mutual concern with Austrian Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee while in Vienna for talks relating to Iran's nuclear issues, reported the Islamic Republic's IRIB news agency March 19.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister said, "The two sides exchanged views on various issues including the nuclear negotiations, Syrian crisis, [and] human rights." He expressed hope that the meeting will bring the diverging views closer.
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks in the Austrian capital.
In November 2013 Austrian deputy foreign minister Reinhold Lopatka visited Iran and met with the country's senior officials, including Zarif, deputy foreign minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi, and deputy foreign minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
The Austrian official further said that he had constructive talks with the Iranian authorities during his three-day visit to Tehran and expressed optimism about the outcome of the negotiations between Iran and six major world powers over Tehran's nuclear program.
Iran and the P5+1 group (five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) have resumed their nuclear discussions in Vienna in an effort to work out a permanent agreement aimed at fully resolving the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
The new round of the negotiations follows earlier discussions in the Vienna, which ended on Feb. 20.
Under an interim nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group which took effect on Jan 20, the six major powers agreed to give Iran access to its $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if the country fulfills the deal's terms which offer sanctions relief in exchange for steps on curbing the Iranian nuclear program.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical research instead.
Edited by C.N.