Iran, EU Hold Talks on Drafting Comprehensive Deal in Vienna
During the meeting in the Austrian capital today, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi and EU Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmidt started bilateral consultations on the final deal.
Before meeting Schmidt, Araqchi and his US counterpart William Burns also held a bilateral meeting.
The sixth round of talks between Tehran and the G5+1 headed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton officially started in Vienna on Thursday morning.
Zarif held separate meetings with Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wang Qun who leads Beijing's delegation in Vienna talks and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and head of his country's team Sergey Ryabov in Vienna on Wednesday afternoon.
Also on Wednesday, Zarif held a bilateral meeting with Ashton which was focused on drawing up agenda of the Vienna 6 talks.
The Iranian foreign minister also attended a tripartite meeting with Ashton and US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.
In a video message on the eve of a new round of talks with the six world powers on Wednesday, Zarif asked his counterparts from the sextet not to miss the present opportunity for striking a deal with Iran and putting an end to an unnecessary crisis.