Sunday, November 23, 2014

On the Sidelines of Vienna Talks - UPDATES

>> UK foreign secretary says last big push on Monday morning to get the agreement over the line.

>> Iran nuclear talks are apparently turning away from reaching an agreement by deadline, with P5+1 starting internal discussions on extending the talks, diplomats told AP on Sunday afternoon.

>> On Monday, all P5+1 foreign ministers will be in Vienna. Russian FM arrived in Vienna on Sunday afternoon and the Chinese FM will arrive early Monday morning.

>> Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov arrived in Vienna on Sunday afternoon and is holding talks with Secretary of State John Kerry at Coburg.

>> Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif held talks on Sunday afternoon.

>> Officials involved in the talks tell journalists in Vienna that a "non-paper" framework agreement could be announced that gives sides 60 days to write a comprehensive deal within that framework.

>> Kerry will meet with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal on Sunday in Vienna to update him on the nuclear negotiations with Iran. Update: Kerry is reportedly meeting Saudi FM on Faisal's plane at Vienna airport.

>> Kerry will attend a working dinner tonight hosted by UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, attended by EU Envoy Catherine Ashton and foreign ministers of France and Germany.

>> Iranian officials tell journalists in Vienna that Sunday’s trilateral meeting between Kerry, Ashton, and Zarif went “quite well.”

>> Austrian sources tell journalists that there has been “progress” and “movement forward” in talks on Sunday morning.

>> Iranian spokesman Behzad Saberi tells journalists that neither side is looking for extension of talks. Presumably, some form of agreement in in the works.

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