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Speeding up preparation of Vienna documents underlined

The eighth round of the Joint Commission meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) kicked off at Palais Coburg in Vienna in the presence of representatives from Iran, the European Union, and the P4+1 group (Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany) on December 27.

Vienna also hosted the seventh round of talks, which was halted by European delegations for more consultations in their capitals. Some media outlets proposed different speculations on the reasons behind the interruption. Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh argued that the talks were halted because the Western side and the P4+1 are well aware that the hiatus was a collective decision amid the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Ali Bagheri Kani, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, said at the end of the seventh round of the Vienna talks that the delegations have reached a consensus on a document over lifting anti-Iran sanctions and nuclear issues, and that the text is different from what was agreed upon at the end of the sixth round of talks.

The Iranian negotiator told Al-Jazeera TV that Iran’s draft text is a kind of proposition on lifting cruel sanctions that the other side cannot rule out.

Enrique Mora, the European Union representative in the Vienna talks, noted that a joint basis for the continuation of negotiations has been achieved in the seventh round of talks.

Expressing gratitude to Russia and China for their stances on Iranian proposals, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic Hossein Amirabdollahian urged the Western sides to lift sanctions in order to get rid of concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.

Khatibzadeh said that the negotiating teams could reach two new documents on lifting sanctions and nuclear issues after the seventh round of talks. The Iranian delegation has traveled to Vienna to reach a good and rational agreement, he noted, expressing hope that other parties would take the opportunity.

During the two first days of the eighth round of Vienna talks, Iran’s top negotiator underlined the need for removing sanctions and giving adequate assurances for implementation of the final agreement, which should be verified by the Islamic Republic.

Mora said that the negotiating teams will work hard to achieve a positive result, adding that the job is very hard because difficult decisions should be made.

Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, wrote on his Twitter account: “At the meeting of the Joint Commission today the 8th round of the #ViennaTalks was declared open. The participants held businesslike and result-oriented discussions. In particular, they agreed to intensify the drafting process in order to achieve an agreement ASAP.”

The Russian envoy also tweeted: “Today in the course of #ViennaTalks on #JCPOA the working group on nuclear issues held a useful meeting. We observe indisputable progress. #Sanctions lifting is being actively discussed in informal settings.”

FM Amirabdollahian mentioned if the other parties continue the Vienna talks based on good faith, reaching a good agreement for all sides is achievable.

The eighth round of talks will continue until Thursday, and representatives from Iran and the P4+1 will halt the negotiations from December 31 to January 2; then, they will resume talks on January 3. 

Pointing to the reason for a three-day gap amid the New Year holidays, Mora said that the interval will take place only due to the suspension of services of the venue of the meetings.

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Original News : https://en.irna.ir/news/84594841/Speeding-up-preparation-of-Vienna-documents-underlined

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