Tuesday, March 31, 2015

State of Iran Talks

- The talks have been extended until Wednesday.

Reuters reported tonight that the six major powers have told the Iranians they have to make up their minds on whether to accept a framework agreement before dawn on Wednesday. A diplomatic source told Reuters that the P5+1 had told Iran they wouldn’t be playing “extra time.”

- Other reports, citing a senior U.S. official involved in the talks, say the world powers have not given Iran a hard morning deadline.

- The Chinese foreign minister has already left Lausanne. The French foreign minister will leave at 5 AM for Geneva to return to Paris in the morning. It was also announced that the German foreign minister will also leave Lausanne in the morning. It's crunch time!

- Iran, P5+1 plenary session ongoing (nearly 1am on Wednesday in Lausanne). A U.S. official is quoted as saying this might be an all nighter.

- The plenary session of FMs was halted at around 1am, will resume at 8am.

- 1:30am: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told reporters that "solutions to most issues have been found." He said drafting (presumably of final agreement) will start from tomorrow.

- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was quoted as saying that the framework agreement will be announced (in the morning) by Foreign Minister Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

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