Source: Press TV
Iran and the P5+1 group of countries have held a new round of talks at the deputy level in Switzerland to bridge differences on the outstanding issues pertaining to Tehran's nuclear program. Representatives of Iran and the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany took part in the Thursday talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne.
photo by Islamic Republic News Agency
Following the deputy-level talks, Iranian Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanch also held a separate meeting with their Russian counterpart Sergey Rybakov.
Before the meetings, representatives of Iran, the US and the European Union ended a second round of nuclear talks on Tehran's nuclear program.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, Araqchi, Takht-e Ravanchi, US Secretary of State John Kerry, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, and EU deputy foreign policy chief Helga Schmid were present in Thursday's second round of trilateral talks.
Meanwhile, Salehi and Moniz were due to discuss technical issues surrounding Iran's nuclear program on Thursday night.
Earlier in the day, Salehi said he is "optimistic" about reaching a nuclear deal, "but internationally those who have an interest in more troubles and not dealing with this question have not been inactive. They are trying to make sure there is no deal."
Zarif and his negotiating team had continued their intense marathon talks with the American side in Lausanne the previous week when the top Iranian diplomat also took some time to meet one-on-one in the Belgian capital of Brussels with the European foreign ministers of the P5+1 group - Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Philip Hammond of Britain and France's Laurent Fabius. Zarif also sat down with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels.
Iran and the the P5+1 are in talks to resolve outstanding issues surrounding the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
They are trying to reach a comprehensive agreement as a deadline slated for July 1 draws closer.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that an "exceptional opportunity" has emerged for the resolution of Tehran's nuclear issue.
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