Araqchi: Drafting comprehensive agreement as of Wednesday, hopefully

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Iranian top nuclear negotiator Seyyed Abbas Araqchi here Tuesday described 5th round of nuclear talks as positive and constructive, hoping that drafting the text of a final comprehensive agreement will begin as of Wednesday, IRNA reported.

"We hope to begin drafting its text as of tomorrow, not beginning with major issues though, but drafting its general framework and its prelude," the Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs said late Tuesday night, Vienna local time, in a press conference.

Emphasizing that both sides are negotiating seriously, he said that describing the talks as positive does not mean that either side is compromising over its stands, which is why till achieving a shared satisfactory stand for both sides there is still a long way to go and lots of hard work to be done.

"We hope to achieve the initial text in this round of talks, although it might include tens, and even hundreds of sentences on differences of opinion," said Araqchi.

Pointing out that the two sides have completed 12 to 13 hours of negotiations during the past two days, he emphasized: We hope the general framework of the text will be achieved and agreed upon.

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