Middle East

Iran-US nuclear talks in Geneva 'constructive': Tehran

View of the President Wilson hotel on June 9 2014, Officials from Iran,US,and EU are in talks in Geneva about Iran's nuclear activities.This hotel is thought to be the base of the US delegation. Iran and the United States hold their first bilateral talks in decades in a major step toward securing a comprehensive nuclear deal with the West. AFP PHOTO / RICHARD JUILLIART

TEHRAN: A first day of direct talks with the United States in Geneva Monday on Iran's nuclear programme was "constructive", one of Tehran's main negotiators Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying.

"The dialogue with the United States took place in a positive climate and was constructive," the ISNA news agency quoted Araqchi as saying after several hours of talks with the US delegation.

Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced on Monday direct talks between France and Iran on the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear drive will be held this week,.

"Bilateral discussions between France and Iran will take place on Wednesday," Fabius said at a news conference in Algiers after Iranian and US delegations began two days of direct negotiations in Geneva.

"After these discussions, there will also be discussions between the Iranians and the Russians. There may be others. Anyway, the three (countries) that I know about are the Americans, the Russians and the French," he added.

"The Americans gave us notice about these talks and we also said we would have talks with the Iranians.

"It was agreed that after these talks we would consult with the six before seeing the Iranians again from June 16," Fabius said, referring to the P5+1 of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany.





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