A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has described as "helpful" the bilateral talks between representatives from the Islamic Republic and France in the Swiss city of Geneva.
Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, who is Iran’s deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, said on Wednesday that the two sides exchanged viewpoints on the issues raised during the previous rounds of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain - plus Germany.
He further noted that the three-and-a-quarter-hour-long talks between Iranian and French officials were held in a “positive atmosphere,” and the meeting was “helpful” ahead of the next round of high-level negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program scheduled for June 16-20 in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.
Araqchi together with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi headed the Iranian delegation during the Wednesday talks, while Nicolas de Rivière led the French delegation.
Iran and the six world powers have been discussing ways to iron out differences and start drafting a final deal that would end the West’s dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
Iran and its negotiating partners wrapped up their latest round of high-level nuclear talks in Vienna on May 16.