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Rouhani's special aide joins nuclear talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Geneva, Feb 21, IRNA -- An special aide to President Hassan Rouhani joined the nuclear talks underway in Geneva between Iran and the United States.

Director of the media diplomacy department of the Foreign Ministry Mohammad Ali Hosseini said that Hossein Fereydoun has joined the Iranian team to give consultations and make the necessary coordination as the negotiations are going forward to a comprehensive deal.

Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali-Akbar Salehi, his deputy Behrouz Kamalvandi along with deputies of foreign minister Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi are currently in Geneva for nuclear talks with US top negotiator Wendy Sherman and US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry are scheduled to arrive in Geneva on Sunday.

Joined by Helga Schmid, the deputy of EU foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini, the nuclear talks will proceed trilaterally.

On Friday, the Iranian and US deputy foreign ministers and Schmid held five hours of talks. Experts of the two countries also held a separate meeting for two-and-a-half hours.

A high-profile expert-level meeting is to be held later in the day co-chaired by Salehi and Moniz.

IRNA reporter in Geneva said that deputy foreign ministers of other members of the P5+1 (the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China, plus Germany) may join the talks in coming days.

Representatives of Iran and the six governments are aimig to reach a political understanding by March and agree on a comprehensive deal by a self-imposed June 30 deadline.

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