Geneva talks on Iranian nuclear dossier unclear to many
The first day of negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme has ended in Geneva, leaving uncertainty about further discussions and their results.
The meetings on Sunday were held in parallel at two levels. US Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif for talks at the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva. Simultaneously, the EU mission to the Geneva-based international organisations hosted a meeting of the six negotiators/five permanent UN Security Council member-states plus Germany, with an Iranian delegation at the level of political directors. Kerry met with Zarif shortly after arriving in Geneva on Sunday afternoon.
The top diplomats were later joined by Iran’s vice president and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, and US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.The talks lasted until midnight local time and could continue on Monday. The outcome of the meeting remains unknown.
Speaking about the talks of the P5+1 political directors, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, said: "The discussions went very well, but we have not reached any progress so far." The head of the French delegation at the talks, Nicolas de Riviere, earlier said the talks had ended, without giving further details about whether he meant the meeting on Sunday or the round of negotiations in general.
According to TASS, no formal meeting of the P5+1 group is planned on Monday and only discussions on technical issues will be held at the level of experts.The representatives of the other delegations refused to comment.