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Salehi satisfied with Iran-US talks in Lausanne, Switzerland

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Lausanne, March 16, IRNA -- Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi on Monday described the negotiations between the Iranian and the US delegations as straight-onward.

'Our sessions of technical talks with the American side began on Sunday evening and I feel any time that we participate in these sessions compared with the previous one we have made progress to an extent, which is a positive sign,' said Salehi at the end of the bilateral session.

He said in the meantime that there are still issues to be resolved till the two sides could reach a shared stand.

'We are trying to sum up the talks during the next remaining days for a deal.'

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Lausanne in the morning aiming to resolve the remaining differences.

In addition to the Iranian AEOI chief and the US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, the Iranian deputies foreign minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takkht-e Ravanchi, President Rouhani's Special Adviser Hossein Fereydoun, and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman were present.

Since the seven months extension of the deadline after the Geneva interim agreement on November 24, 2013 will end on June 30, 2015, the Lausanne talks are on spotlight of the world media.

It is expected that this round of talks will continue till March 20 to sign a framework agreement. The comprehensive deal is expected to be signed by June 30.


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