Vienna talks to continue at different levels on Sunday

Tehran (ISNA) – Negotiating teams from Iran and the P4+1 are to move forward with their discussions in different formats and at different levels in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on April 18, 2021.

Expert-level working groups will continue their talks in two domains of “lifting of sanctions” and “nuclear issues.”

On Saturday, April 17, the joint commission of the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), held a plenary meeting.

Moreover, bilateral and multilateral meetings were held separately between Iran’s negotiating team and members of the P4+1.

During the discussions, three meetings were held between Seyyed Abbas Araghchi, the head of the Iranian negotiating team, and European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora.

Also, the heads of the three European delegations sat down for talks with Araghchi.

As in previous days, expert groups held meetings in the two domains of sanctions and nuclear issues.

In the commission’s meeting on April 17, delegates received and reviewed reports by the working groups.

It was also decided that bilateral and multilateral talks as well as technical consultations continue in the upcoming days, and that the commission meet again should the need arise.

“Today, almost three days the JCPOA Joint Commission started its work, we once again convened a meeting of the Joint Commission to review the progress of talks held so far both in the field of sanctions removal and nuclear issues,” Araghchi said on Saturday after the conclusion of a fresh round of talks among Iran and the P4+1 in Vienna.

He added the participants reviewed the reports presented by the working groups and held good discussions within the Joint Commission.

“It seems that a new understanding is being developed and there is now common ground among all [the sides] on the final goal,” he noted.

Araghchi said the path that must be trodden is a little bit more familiar now.

“However, the path ahead will not be an easy one. The differences have not been settled yet. There are some serious disagreements that need to be decreased during next negotiations,” he noted.

“As we have repeatedly announced, Iran is not at all interested in and does not seek protracted and lengthy negotiations,” Araghchi said, adding that the talks will be continued for as long as necessary.

“We believe the talks have reached a stage where the sides can now start working on preparing a joint text. They can start drafting the text at least on sectors on which they share views,” the Iranian chief negotiator said.

Araghchi said the Iranian delegation has presented its own text both in the fields of nuclear measures and sanctions removal to all the P4+1 countries.

“We believe that the texts we have presented can act as a basis for negotiations and a final agreement,” he said.

“Of course the final agreement should not be necessarily similar to our texts, but these texts will serve as a basis for negotiations.”

Araghchi said the texts presented by Iran can provide the basis for a deal that both meets the demands of Iran and those of the opposite side about Tehran’s return to its commitments as per the JCPOA.

“We believe now it is time to start drafting the text at least on the sectors on which there is consensus,” he added.

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