New round of nuclear talks begin in Vienna
The P5 +1 reached an interim nuclear deal in Geneva in 2013. (AFP/File)
Iran and the P5+1 group are set to start a fresh round of negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
The fifth round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany, which are aimed at drafting a final comprehensive deal, will begin on Monday.
Iran’s negotiating team led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Tehran for Vienna earlier in the day.
“We will make efforts to start writing the draft text of the final agreement in Vienna 5,” Zarif told reporters prior to his departure.
At a lunch banquet later on Monday, the Iranian foreign minister is scheduled to meet with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who leads the team from the six world powers during the nuclear negotiations.
Zarif is accompanied by a number of senior Iranian officials, including Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi, Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi and Director General for Political and International Affairs at Iran's Foreign Ministry Hamid Ba'eedinejad.
Iran and the six world powers have been discussing ways to iron out their differences and start drafting a final deal that would end the West’s dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
In November 2013, the two sides signed an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva that came into force on January 20.
Iran has held several bilateral nuclear talks with the US, France, Russia and Germany ahead of the fifth round of nuclear negotiations.