Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.9
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the threat of terrorism in the region with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf Bin Alawi.
The two ministers met in Muscat ahead of nuclear talks between Iran and the U.S and EU representatives, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on November 9.
Zarif stated that the Islamic Republic started the nuclear talks with goodwill and is determined to reach a solution for the nuclear standoff meeting the national interests.
Nuclear negotiations between Zarif and the Secretary of State John Kerry and Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy's former chief who heads P5+1 in nuclear talks with Tehran started on Nov.9 in Muscat.
The trilateral talks is being held in al-Bustan Palace and will continue on Monday, IRNA reported.
Iran and P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council comprising of China, France, Russia, Britain, the US Plus Germany) sealed an interim deal in Geneva on November 24, 2013 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program.
The Geneva deal took effect on January 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.
Iran and P5+1 are negotiating to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement until Nov.24.