Iran: Vienna talks on right path; deal possible if there’s goodwill
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Tuesday expressed optimism about the ongoing talks between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Iran's top diplomat told reporters the negotiations are moving “in a good direction” and an agreement is possible if other parties show “goodwill” and “seriousness.”
“We believe that if the other sides continue the talks, which have just started in this phase, with goodwill, it will be possible for all parties to reach a good agreement for all parties and we can realize this goal,” Amir-Abdollahian added..
“If the opposite parties show seriousness along with good faith, reaching a good agreement in the near future is conceivable,” he added.
The important point, Amir-Abdollahian added, is that the negotiating sides have reached a “unified, joint text,” which is currently the focus of the Iranian team.
He said the two sides were busy discussing and trying to reach an agreement over the outstanding issues mentioned between parentheses in the text, adding the teams “are working intensively.”
Talks are underway with the P4+1 states, namely Russia, China, France, Britain plus Germany, while the European Union and its deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora are actively trying to continue their coordination role, Amir-Abdollahian added.
Iran and the five remaining parties to the JCPOA resumed the talks in Vienna on November 29 after a five-month hiatus. During the sixth round, which lasted four days, Iran put forward two proposals; one regarding the removal of the US sanctions and the other concerning Iran’s nuclear commitments.
Iran and the P4+1 group of countries sat down for talks in the Austrian capital on December 9 following a pause on December 3, when the participants returned to their capitals for additional consultations on the two draft proposals that Tehran had put forward.