Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov stress the need for implementing the first step of the nuclear deal struck between Iran and the six powers in Geneva.
During a telephone conversation late on Tuesday, the two senior officials exchanged views on the upcoming talks between top Iranian and European diplomats aimed at addressing the remaining issues over implementing Geneva nuclear agreement.
On January 7, Araqchi announced that he would hold a two-day meeting with European Union deputy foreign policy chief Helga Schmid in Geneva on Thursday and Friday to discuss the issues.
The top Iranian nuclear negotiator further noted that the agenda of the talks would be to examine differences, and the issues that remained unresolved in the recent expert-level talks held between Iran and six world powers, “which require decision-making at the political level.”
Iran and the six world powers sealed an interim deal in Geneva on November 24 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
Under the Geneva deal, the six countries have undertaken to lift some of the existing sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during six months. It was also agreed that no more sanctions would be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe.