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Switzerland: Iranian FM Zarif positive after P5+1 nuclear talks01:42

Switzerland: Iranian FM Zarif positive after P5+1 nuclear talks

Switzerland, Lausanne
March 28, 2015 at 19:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was positive about the P5+1 international talks on Iran's nuclear programme, held in Lausanne, Saturday, stating that those involved were coming closer to an agreement on the topic.

Zarif told press following his meeting with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier that progress was being made in the talks. The Iranian diplomat explained that those involved in the P5+1 session were coming to the stage of penning a document which will eventually become the final agreement on Iran's nuclear programme.

Zarif added that Iran had made a political decision to go for "engagement with dignity", and pointed out that negotiating partners were beginning to realise that employing sanctions, pressure, and an agreement at the same time would not reach constructive results. He stressed that both Germany and France appeared "really serious" about reaching an agreement.

Saturday's talks, led by Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry were aimed at reaching the outline of a deal on Iran's nuclear programme by a preliminary deadline of March 31, nearly two years after negotiations began.

Top diplomats from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia joined the talks with the US and Iran in Lausanne. The deadline for a final agreement is June 30.

Switzerland: Iranian FM Zarif positive after P5+1 nuclear talks01:42
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was positive about the P5+1 international talks on Iran's nuclear programme, held in Lausanne, Saturday, stating that those involved were coming closer to an agreement on the topic.

Zarif told press following his meeting with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier that progress was being made in the talks. The Iranian diplomat explained that those involved in the P5+1 session were coming to the stage of penning a document which will eventually become the final agreement on Iran's nuclear programme.

Zarif added that Iran had made a political decision to go for "engagement with dignity", and pointed out that negotiating partners were beginning to realise that employing sanctions, pressure, and an agreement at the same time would not reach constructive results. He stressed that both Germany and France appeared "really serious" about reaching an agreement.

Saturday's talks, led by Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry were aimed at reaching the outline of a deal on Iran's nuclear programme by a preliminary deadline of March 31, nearly two years after negotiations began.

Top diplomats from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia joined the talks with the US and Iran in Lausanne. The deadline for a final agreement is June 30.

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