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Zarif: Reaching 'good agreement' important not meeting deadline

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Sat 27 Jun 2015 - 13:40

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif reiterated that a good agreement in nuclear talks is important not meeting the deadline.

"We came to Vienna with the aim of reaching an agreement which secures Iranian nation's rights and interests and be a good agreement with the entire world," Zarif said upon his arrival in Vienna.

He further said that the two sides can reach an agreement which would benefit all in case the other side respects Iran's rights and abide by its duties, including lifting anti-Iranian sanctions and not making excessive demands.

"The time is not important and only thing which is important is reaching a good agreement and obtaining desirable results."

The Iranian minister left Tehran for Vienna early Saturday to attend the last round of nuclear negotiations before a self-imposed June 30 deadline.

Zarif is expected to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry who arrived in Vienna late Friday.

Iranian diplomatic sources close to the negotiations had said earlier that Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius would also join the talks on Saturday and Sunday.

However, there is no word yet on whether Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi will also be present for the talks.

In a latest post on his Twitter account on Friday, the Iranian foreign minister reaffirmed that Tehran seeks a fair deal with the G5+1 countries, saying he will be going to Vienna "to secure a fair and lasting deal."

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia -- plus Germany – are holding talks to finalize the text of a possible deal over Tehran's nuclear program. The two sides reached a mutual understanding on the key parameters of the potential deal in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

A senior Iranian negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, said on Friday that the nuclear talks between Iran and the G5+1 are progressing "hard and slowly."

Araqchi, who is also Iran's deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, added that no figures and percentages can be provided at this time about the completion of the text of the possible deal.

"As you know, there is a main text, and there are several annexes; work on each of these (texts) has proceeded with different percentages," he said, explaining, though, that there has been more progress on the main text.

The Vienna talks come as Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday once again reaffirmed Iran's key 'red lines' for the final agreement with the G5+1 countries.

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