Araqchi-Schmid-Sherman’s trilateral meeting ends

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A trilateral meeting among political representatives of Islamic Republic of Iran, the European Union and the United States over the few remaining issues on implementing the Geneva nuclear deal ended in Geneva, Switzerland Thursday night, IRNA reported.

The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, the EU Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmid and the US veteran diplomat in G5+1 talks Wendy Sherman began and ended their talks on Thursday evening.

Ms. Sherman who attended the meeting on her way to Moscow on Thursday will not be present in Friday bilateral talks between Araqchi and Schmid.

Nearly seven weeks after signing a landmark nuclear deal, Iran and six world powers hope to reach an agreement this week on its implementation.

Both sides say reaching agreement is possible at a two-day meeting beginning Thursday afternoon in Geneva.

Under the November agreement, Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment to 5 percent - the grade commonly used to power reactors. The deal also commits Iran to stop producing 20 percent enriched uranium and to neutralize its 20 percent stockpile.

At the same time, the agreement allows Tehran to continue enrichment research and development.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone with Hassan Rohani, his Iranian counterpart, about the issues surrounding implementation of the Geneva agreement earlier on Thursday.

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