A top Iranian nuclear negotiator says the expert-level talks between Iran and the six major world powers will be held following the next meeting between the Islamic Republic and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
On Monday, Abbas Araqchi stated that the meeting between sanctions, nuclear and scientific experts from Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council--the United States, China, Russia, France, and Britain--plus Germany would be held after Iran and the IAEA meet in Vienna on October 28.
He went on to say that either Geneva or Vienna would host the upcoming expert-level meeting between Iran and the world powers, noting that no date has yet been set for the planned meeting.
Araqchi further noted that the director general of the Political and Legal Affairs in the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Hamid Baeidinejad, will head the Iranian expert delegation.
The Iranian deputy foreign minister further noted that the outcome of the expert-level meeting between Iran and the five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany will be relayed to nuclear negotiating teams involved in the talks over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
Iran and the six powers wrapped up two days of talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday. The two sides have agreed to meet again in the Swiss city on November 7–8.
A joint statement issued by the two sides read, "The participants also agreed that E3+3 and Iranian nuclear, scientific and sanctions experts will convene before the next meeting to address differences and to develop practical steps."
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the talks as “extensive” and “fruitful.”
EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton also hailed the nuclear talks as the “most detailed” and most “substantive” ever held between the two sides.