Source: Tehran Times
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his U.S. counterpart John Kerry will meet for bilateral talks over Iran's nuclear program in Geneva on January 14, a top Iranian nuclear negotiator announced on Friday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
"Our country's foreign minister will go to Geneva on Wednesday, January 14, for bilateral meeting with John Kerry," Abbas Araqchi said.
Zarif and Kerry will meet to "provide the necessary instruction to their deputies before negotiations," he explained.
After that the Iranian and U.S. negotiators will hold bilateral talks on January 15 to 17, according to Araqchi.
Negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group will also start on January 18 at the level of deputy foreign ministers, he added.
The U.S. State Department said on January 8 that acting Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will lead U.S. negotiators at the bilateral talks with Iran.
Araqchi, the deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, also said before and after this round of negotiations Iran will hold bilateral talks with other members of the 5+1 group.
Araqchi also said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov, who represents Russia in the nuclear talks with Iran, will visit Tehran on Monday for talks with Iranian officials, including Foreign Minister Zarif.
Iran and the 5+1 group -- the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany -- have missed two deadlines to agree to a permanent deal on Iran's nuclear program.
The sticking points remaining are how many uranium enrichment centrifuges Iran can have and the speed of lifting sanctions, mainly on oil exports and the banking and insurance sectors.
The parties have set July 1 as the deadline to work out all of the details.
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