Doha talks on Iran sanctions end with sides vowing to keep in touch
The two-day negotiations in the Qatari capital to discuss how to remove sanctions on Iran have ended, with the two sides saying they will keep in touch "about the continuation of the route and the next stage of the talks".
According to Press TV, the talks started on Tuesday, with EU coordinator Enrique Mora shuttling between Iran's top negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani and US special envoy for Iran Rob Malley.
"Continuing with the negotiation process to remove sanctions, intensive talks were held in Doha on Tuesday and Wednesday with the mediation of Enrique Mora," Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kan'ani twitted on Wednesday night.
"Iran's operational views and proposals were put forward on the remaining issues, and the other side presented its reservations," he said. "As in the past, Bagheri and Mora will be in touch regarding the continuation of the route and the next stage of the talks," Kan'ani added.
"We will keep working with even greater urgency to bring back on track a key deal for non-proliferation and regional stability," Mora tweeted.
The talks are aimed at overcoming differences over how to revive a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and remove sanctions on the country. The negotiating sides are trying to break a months-long impasse that has stalled negotiations in Vienna.
“What prevented these negotiations from coming to fruition is the US insistence on its proposed draft text in Vienna that excludes any guarantee for Iran’s economic benefits,” Iran's Tasnim news agency said, citing informed sources at the talks.
Mohammad Marandi, an advisor to the Iranian negotiating team, said unlike claims by US officials, the Doha talks held to discuss remaining issues from the Vienna and negotiations have not failed and will continue.
"The negotiations were not expected to end with a positive solution in just two days. We do not take PR statements of the US officials seriously," he was quoted as having told Lebanon's al-Mayadeen television.