Oct 31, 2013, 2:57 AM
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Iran, G5+1 wrap up 1st round of experts talks in Vienna

Vienna, Oct 31, IRNA -- Teams of experts from Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) wrapped up their first round of talks in the Austrian capital on Wednesday.

The talks are being held at the UN offices in Vienna and will last for two days.



The US delegation present in the meeting includes experts from the country’s State Department and Treasury Department.



Tehran has also sent experts from nuclear, oil, banking and industry sectors headed by an official from the foreign ministry to the talks with the G5+1.



“Based on the agreements in the Geneva meeting, it was decided that experts in the sanctions, scientific and nuclear fields study the issues in a more detailed manner and Director-General of the Foreign Ministry for Specialized and International Affairs Hamid Ba'eedinejad will preside over Iran’s group of experts,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.



“Some experts from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), the Oil Ministry, the Central Bank and the industry and mine sector will be present in the meeting and the high-ranking officials of the (involved) countries are due to be informed of the results of these experts discussions,” she added.



Afkham expressed the hope that the two sides would continue their discussions with the same seriousness and approach that they showed in the latest round of talks in Geneva earlier this month.



The last meeting of the seven countries was in Geneva and lasted for two days on October 15 and 16. Both Tehran and the delegations of the G5+1 voiced satisfaction in the outcomes of the Geneva meeting and decided to send their experts to two days of talks in Vienna on October 30 and 31 to discuss details of Iran's new proposal for soothing the crisis.



At the end of the negotiations, EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, who presides over the delegations of the six world powers, hailed the nuclear negotiations as the “most detailed” and most “substantive” ones ever held between the two sides.



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