Iran, P5+1 will hold fresh nuclear talks in Switzerland

File photo shows Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (1st R), and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi (2nd R), in a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry (1st L) and US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, in late February 2015, in Geneva.

Iran and the P5+1 countries are set to hold a fresh round of talks over Tehran’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Montreux ahead of a July 1 deadline for reaching a comprehensive deal.

Iran’s nuclear negotiating team, headed by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, is scheduled to leave Tehran for Geneva, Switzerland, early Monday, an Iranian negotiator told IRNA on Sunday.

He added that Zarif is to address the UN Human Rights Council and hold talks with senior officials of participating countries on Monday.

The official said the Iranian negotiators will then set off for Montreux and hold bilateral and multilateral meetings and comprehensive discussions with P5+1 – Britain, France, China, Russia, the United States and Germany.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, will also attend the new round of talks with the six countries.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday that Zarif will sit with foreign ministers of the Netherlands and Russia, Bert Koenders and Sergey Lavrov, respectively, as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein.

Iran and the P5+1 countries are making attempts to narrow their differences on the outstanding issues related to Tehran's nuclear program.

In an attempt to bridge their differences ahead of a key July 1 deadline for reaching a comprehensive deal, representatives from Iran and the United States held three rounds of talks in the Swiss city of Geneva on February 22 and 23.

Speaking at the end of the Geneva talks, Zarif said the parties involved in the negotiations succeeded in making “some progress” on certain issues “but we have a long way ahead to reach a final agreement.”


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