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Austria Optimistic about Results of Iran-World Powers Talks

TEHRAN, Apr. 29, 2014 (FNA)- Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz hailed Irans wise foreign policy and its interaction with the international community, specially in the talks with the six major world powers, and said Tehran is experienced enough to solve its misunderstandings with the world diplomatically.

Speaking at a meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Sunday, the top Austrian diplomat said his country, as an active member of the European Union (EU), hopes the nuclear talks would lead to a final agreement, the removal of sanctions against Tehran and improvement of Irans ties with western countries in all fields.

Kurz arrived in Tehran on Saturday to discuss the latest developments on the international and regional scenes, and explore new avenues for expansion of ties.

Earlier this month, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for legal and international affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi confirmed that Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) plan to hold an expert-level meeting in New York early in May. Araqchi, who is also senior Iranian negotiator in talks with the Sextet, said negotiations will be held from May 5-9 on the sidelines of a session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.

The Iranian official said the talks will take place a few days ahead of the new round of high-level negotiations between Tehran and the six countries, which is scheduled to be held in the Austrian city of Vienna on May 13. Deputy chief negotiators from Iran and the six world powers (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) wrapped up their second day of talks in Vienna on April 9.

The talks were headed by Araqchi and EU foreign policy deputy chief Helga Schmidt. The talks started on April 8 by a session presided by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the UN headquarters in Vienna, and continued by a meeting among the deputy chief negotiators of the seven nations.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry in a statement on April 8 reiterated that its team of negotiators would not discuss any topic but the countrys nuclear standoff with the West in its talks with the six world powers, including the present round in Vienna.

The talks between Tehran and the six world powers are part of efforts to seal a final deal on Irans nuclear energy program. Iran and the Group 5+1 representatives had several sessions of talks in Vienna on March 18-19. On November 24, Iran and the Group 5+1 sealed a six-month Joint Plan of Action to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the Wests decade-old dispute with Iran over the latters nuclear energy program.

In exchange for Tehrans confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet of the world powers agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran and impose no nuclear-related sanctions on Iran during the six-month period.


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