Source: Tehran Times
Negotiators from Iran and the 5+1 group - the U.S., Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany - will meet in Muscat, Oman, for nuclear talks on November 11, Abbas Araqchi, the Iranian deputy foreign minister and a leading nuclear negotiator, announced on Sunday.
The statement by Araqchi was also confirmed by U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf on Sunday.
That meeting will follow two days of talks that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will hold in Oman with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the 5+1 group in the talks.
The meetings will take place in advance of a Nov. 24 deadline for a final nuclear deal between Iran and the major powers.
After the Muscat talks, negotiations between Iran and the P+1 group are scheduled to resume in Vienna on Nov. 18, Harf said.
Hossein Amir Abdolahian, the deputy Iranian foreign minister for the Arab and African Affairs, has praised the positive role played by Oman's Sultan Qaboos Bin Said in resuming and enhancing the Iranian nuclear negotiation process.
In an interview with the Tehran-based Arabic language newspaper Al Wifaq, Amir Abdolahian said the next round of nuclear talks in Muscat is an evidence of the positive role played by His Majesty the Sultan in alleviating the tension between Iran and the U.S. and ensuring detente, the Times of Oman reported.
Hossein Mousavian, a former Iranian nuclear negotiator, also said the Sultanate has played a positive and effective role in the Iranian nuclear negotiations.
He also said both Tehran and Washington have full confidence in Muscat.
Kerry said last week that "big gaps" still stand in the way of a deal.
"I'm hopeful, but it's a very tough negotiation," Kerry said on the "Charlie Rose" program, which airs on PBS and Bloomberg Television. "There are still gaps that are fairly wide on a number of subjects."
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