Tehran, P5+1 to reach agreement if West shows flexibility, Iranian deputy minister says
Tehran, Iran, Sept. 16
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iran is serious and determined in its nuclear talks with the P5+1 groups of countries.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi said on Sept. 16 that if the other side continues the talks seriously and shows flexibility the two sides can reach a deal before the deadline, Iran's IRNA News Agency reported on Sept. 16.
He made the remark at a meeting with State Secretary of Switzerland's Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Yves Rossier in Bern. During the meeting the two sides also discussed possible ways to boost bilateral relations between Iran and Switzerland.
Takht Ravanchi will fly to New York today to joint Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Deputy Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi to attend the UN General Assembly.
Zarif is scheduled to have a joint working lunch with Catherine Ashton on September 17.
Ashton and Zarif will have another round of talks on Thursday. Iran and the members of the P5+1 group of countries will also hold bilateral meetings on Wednesday and Thursday.
Iran and P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council comprising of China, France, Russia, Britain, the U.S., Plus Germany) are likely to hold a new round of nuclear talks on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly.
Iran and the P5+1 group of countries sealed an interim deal in Geneva on Nov. 24 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program, Press TV reported.
The Geneva deal took effect on Jan. 20 and expired on July 20. However the two sides agreed to extend their talks for four months till Nov. 24 to reach a permanent deal on Iran's disputed nuclear program.
In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the US and its allies agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran.