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Iran joins talks with Western powers to lift sanction


VIENNA: Experts from the Iranian delegation have participated in the eighth round of meetings with the representatives of Russia, Germany, China, the UK, France, and European Union as part of their efforts to lift sanctions from their country, Iranian media have reported.

Other meetings of such nature will continue to be held alongside other diplomatic discussions, later on, they added.

Talks in Vienna, Austria, to revive the 2015 nuclear deal and lift anti-Iran sanctions continued on Thursday, where negotiating teams held bilateral and multilateral diplomatic talks to pave the ground for reaching a good agreement; while the West has proposed no practical initiative to speed up the pace of negotiations.

The eighth round of the Joint Commission meetings of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) carried on with consultations between Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani and the European Union’s representative in the Vienna talks Enrique Mora at Palais Coburg on Thursday.

Kani also held independent talks with heads of delegations from three European countries, Britain, France, and Germany.

Simultaneously, there were some sessions at the expertise level in Vienna, where experts from Iran, the European Union, and the P4+1 group (Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany) discussed sanctions and nuclear issues.

On Wednesday, negotiating teams kicked off consultations on draft text in the morning, which lasted until 2 am Thursday.

The eighth round of the Vienna talks kicked off on 27 December 2021. This round of negotiations is one of the longest phases of the talks and most delegations agreed that the consultations have been moving forward in spite of some challenges.


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