Vienna talks update:

Vienna(IP) - The fifth day of the eighth round of Vienna talks is underway, and expert meetings continue at the Coburg Hotel in Vienna at the same time as the senior Iranian negotiator attends a series of meetings, including the one with Russia's representative.

Iran PressEurope: The talks began on the fifth day of the eighth round of talks in Vienna on Saturday with a meeting between Ali Bagheri Kani, Iran's chief negotiator, and Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia's representative.

At the same time, Mahdi Safari, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy, arrived in Vienna to attend talks on lifting sanctions. Expert meetings between Iran and the P 4+1 group continue on Saturday at the Coburg Hotel in Vienna, reported Iran Press.

Negotiators from Iran, EU meet 

The meeting between the negotiating delegations of Iran and the European Union, chaired by Ali Bagheri Kani and Enrique Mora, European Coordinator, was held in Vienna.

The eighth round of talks on lifting sanctions began in Vienna on December 27, 2021, and has resumed after a brief hiatus to consult delegations in their capitals.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian recently said in a telephone conversation with EU Foreign Policy Chief Joseph Borrell that Iran is serious about reaching an agreement. Still, he also emphasizes its determination to protect its red lines and national interests.

The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran stressed some positive developments in the Vienna talks but did not meet Iran's expectations.

Iran has put many offers on table, encouraged other side to do the same

A source close to the Iranian delegation in the Vienna talks says Tehran has put many offers on the table and encouraged the other side to come up with new proposals to resolve the outstanding issues.

"Putting proposals on the table is quite a normal practice in any negotiation, and negotiation in its essence is a business of exchanging proposals, counter-proposals, and offers," the source told Press TV on Saturday.

The source added that the Iranian delegation, which has been engaged in very intensive talks in recent days, carefully considers any new proposal, if there is any.

"Also, it should be noted that the Iranian delegation has a clear mandate and negotiating instruction, and developments outside the scope of the talks in Vienna have no effect on the negotiating stances of Iran," the source pointed out.

According to the source, Iran is not the party that is "slow walking in the talks."


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