Iran praises nuclear talks with P5+1, sides to meet once a month till June

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 20

By Umid Niayesh, Saeed Isayev - Trend:

The Vienna nuclear talks were even more positive than expectations, Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Facebook page on Feb. 20.

He underlined that the two sides agreed to hold meetings every month till June at the level of Iranian foreign minister and European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton.

Zarif wrote that the first meeting has agreed to be held in the late days of the current Iranian calendar year (will ended on March 21).

"Mrs. Ashton will visit Iran before the meeting," he added.

Also the expert level talks are scheduled to be held in the sideline of the meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors in March in Vienna. The two sides also agreed on the topics of the expert-level talks as well as the next meeting of the Iran and P5+1.

The first round of talks will be finalized today after an official meeting in the United Nations Office at Vienna, and a joint press conference, Zarif noted.

The latest round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 was held to hammer out a final agreement on Iran's nuclear energy program.

Iran's top nuclear negotiator and deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said on Feb. 19 that Tehran and the six world powers have finalized a framework for comprehensive talks to reach a final agreement.

The discussions were the first round of high-level negotiations between Tehran and the six world powers after the two sides arrived at a landmark interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013.

Under the deal, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions will be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe.

The agreement, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, went into effect on January 20.

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