Third round of negotiations between Iran and P5+1 starts in Geneva
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 16 /Trend N. Umid/
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, known as P5+1, have started third round of talks on Tehran's nuclear energy programme in Geneva at 13:00 local time, (12:00 Greenwich time), IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.
The third round of negotiations has started with two hours of delay, while it has been scheduled to start at 11:00.
According to the report, the delay happened due to P5+1 group members request to take some consultation before the new round of talks. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi is leading the Iranian delegation in this round of the talks.
Iran and the P5+1 group started a new round of talks on Tehran's nuclear energy programme in Geneva yesterday.
Fars News Agency quoted a representative of European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton as saying negotiations with Iran's new negotiating team are being carried out in a very positive atmosphere.
"The EU sees Iran's willingness to negotiate regarding its nuclear programme. The P5+1 group is ready to continue negotiating with Iran until a positive result is reached," the official said.
A source within Iran's delegation said the country's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will remain with the delegation and not leave Geneva until the talks are over.
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif is leading a high-ranking Iranian delegation of political, technical and legal experts.
The negotiations are reportedly being held behind closed doors with a limited number of people from both negotiating sides.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing nuclear weapons, something the country denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, but uses nuclear energy for medical researches instead.
In 2012, representatives of the P5+1 group and Iran held three rounds of talks in Istanbul (April 14), Baghdad (May 23-24) and Moscow (June18-19). None of these meetings resulted in breakthroughs on disputed nuclear issues. Previously talks between the 'Six Powers' and Iran were not conducted for over a year.