Negotiations between six world powers and Iran in regards to the nuclear deal continued on Saturday March 28. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated that Tehran has given signs of flexibility in regards to the nuclear program negotiations and that it was the other side’s turn.
As the deadline set for Tuesday March 31 approaches, both sides are trying to reach common grounds in terms of regulations that could end the disagreement regarding Tehran’s nuclear program.
The French and German Foreign Ministers arrived this afternoon (March 28) at the location of the negotiations – Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel – situated on the shores of Lake Geneva. Federica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief is expected to arrive later in the evening and Philip Hammond, British Foreign Secretary, is also expected to join the intense negotiations.
Zarif talked about his meeting with German and French foreign ministers, saying it was a prolific talk and that both ministers agreed that sanctions and pressure are not benefic when trying to reach an agreement. During the meeting, the Iranian Foreign Minister also tried to convince the two to change their position regarding Iran’s sanctions.
Zarif made the following statement via Twitter:
“In negotiations, both sides must show flexibility. We have, and are ready to make a good deal for all. We await our counterparts’ readiness.”
In a telephone conversation that took place on Saturday March 28 between Iran’s President Hassan Rohani and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both leaders agreed upon the need to find common grounds in order to finalize negotiations.
According to Sergei Ryabkov, Russian deputy foreign minister the current talks are “intensive” but that the most complicated nuclear issues haven’t been resolved yet. A western diplomat had the same impressions, adding that “Iranians were polite but did not move much”.
If leaders reach an agreement by Tuesday, technical discussions will continue until June 30, with the purpose of cementing an extensive agreement. Diplomats from both sides are trying to hurry the discussions, so that they would be finalized by Sunday March 29.
The main points that still need to be negotiated are the limitations imposed on Iran’s advanced centrifuges research and development and the completion of the schedule regarding the lifting of sanctions applied to Tehran.
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