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Iran, US hold direct talks in Geneva for nuclear deal

Published on Jun 9, 2014 10:11 AM

GENEVA (AFP) - Representatives from Iran and the United States meet in Geneva on Monday for their first full-scale official talks in decades aimed at bridging the gaps in negotiations for a deal on Teheran's disputed nuclear programme.

Neither the location nor the programme of the two-day meeting have been announced.

The main issue however is expected to be finding a route towards an eventual lifting of sanctions.

Abbas Araqchi, a vice foreign minister who will lead the Iranian delegation, said on Sunday that the tete-a-tete with US officials was essential as the negotiations are delicately poised.

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