Jan 14, 2022 17:03 UTC
  • Russia says cautiously optimistic over ‘real progress’ in Vienna talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he is cautiously optimistic about “progress” made in ongoing negotiations in the Austrian capital of Vienna between Iran and the five remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear agreement aimed at securing the removal of all US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Speaking in an annual press conference on Friday, Lavrov said he was optimistic about the direction of talks over the revival of the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was abandoned by the US three years after its conclusion.

"There's real progress. There's real desire – primarily between Iran and the United States – to understand specific concerns and how these concerns can be considered in the general package" of documents, the top Russian diplomat said. He added that the two sides are making "good progress at the moment" and would "come to an agreement."

Iran chief negotiator meets JCPOA Joint Commission coordinator, E3 envoys

On Friday, Iran's lead negotiator to the Vienna talks Ali Bagheri Kani and Enrique Mora, the European Union’s deputy foreign policy chief and head of the JCPOA Joint Commission, held talks.

On the 16th day of the eighth round of talks between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries, Bagheri Kani also held a meeting with representatives of the three European signatories to the JCPOA.

Speaking in a televised interview whose text was published on Sunday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said it is possible for the negotiating parties in Vienna to reach a good agreement in the shortest possible time if there is serious will on all sides.