Iran's Zarif leaves Tehran to attend Geneva talks

TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) – Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has left Tehran for the Swiss capital of Geneva to take part in negotiations with six major world powers over the country’s nuclear energy program.

The top Iranian diplomat is leading a high-ranking delegation of political, technical and legal experts during the trip.

The chief Iranian negotiator in the talks will be Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi, who will be accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi, Foreign Ministry's Director-General for Political and International Affairs Hamid Ba'eedinejad, Foreign Minister's Legal Adviser Davoud Mohammadnia, and the Director General for Defensive Affairs of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Amiri.

Foreign Minister Zarif will also meet EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, the negotiator for the six powers, at a dinner banquet Monday night at the residence of Iran’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Geneva, Mohsen Naziri.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Russia, China, France, Britain, and the US -- plus Germany are scheduled to hold talks in Geneva on October 15-16.

The Iranian foreign minister first met with foreign ministers of the six countries on the sidelines of the 68th Session of UN General Assembly in New York in September.

Meanwhile, Araqchi declared on Sunday that Iran’s package to be proposed during the talks is based on “the same step-by-step approach which was brought up and generally agreed on” in meetings with the six powers partaking in the nuclear talks.

The deputy foreign minister added that Iran’s “logical, balanced and realistic” plan makes it possible for both sides to take the first step toward breaking the deadlock over Tehran’s civilian nuclear program.





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