Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 17
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
The US and Iranian officials started another round of bilateral talks on Jan. 17 in Geneva over Tehran's disputed nuclear program.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi and his U.S. counterpart Wendy Sherman are heading the delegations, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.
Deputy foreign ministers from the P5+1 countries (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council Plus Germany) will join the talks on Jan. 18.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart, John Kerry held 8-hours of bilateral talks on Jan. 14.
Zarif also met with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Jan. 15 as well as French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Jan.16.
Iranian foreign minister also discussed the ongoing trend of the negotiations with the EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini in a meeting in Brussels on Jan. 15.
Zarif also met again with Kerry on Jan. 16 in Paris.
Talks between Iran and the P5+1 group have been extended until July 1, 2015 to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
After the sides failed to meet the 24 Nov. 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 for providing Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
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