Lavrov: Chances are good to conclude accord between Sextet, Iran

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said chances are good to lay approaches for signing an agreement on Iran's nuclear program at the November 20 meeting between the Sextet's political directors and Iran.

"The Sextet's political directors will meet on November 20 to use the achievements made in recent Geneva discussions and lay approaches that could forge groundwork for a joint document. The chances are very, very high for that," he told the press after talks between the Russian, Indian and Chinese foreign ministers.

Lavrov said that the Sextet and Iranian officials had made significant progress earlier. He also said that he had informed his Indian and Chinese counterparts about the results achieved in those talks.

"The meeting in question was held in Geneva in the past couple of days. The discussion proceeded with the participation of the foreign ministers of the 3+3 Group and Iran, and centered on the situation during the talks, primarily on the practical implementation of the decisions made by the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors and the UN Security Council on ways to settle Iran's nuclear program," Lavrov said.

"The meeting confirmed that polemics and exchanges of the starting positions without attempts to draw them nearer, observed over the past year since January-February, are being relegated to the background, and the awareness is arriving that the time has come to take up issues which arouse concerns in the IAEA and the world community, and must be closed," he continued.

Iran's new leadership demonstrated its determination to move further on this track, so talks between the Sextet and Iranian officials were extremely concrete, Lavrov said, adding that talks are the only way to settle Iran's nuclear problem.

"We are happy that the policy Russia has been promoting for many years, is receiving understanding in all the parties in the 3+3 Group. We have been pursuing this policy in contacts with our friends from China which is a member of this group, too. The essence of this policy is: threats must be laid aside alongside sanction levers bypassing the UN Security Council, and the problem must be considered in essence," the Russian foreign minister said.

"This is exactly what happened. I would like to mention again a very important role the U.S. delegation, led by Secretary of Sate John Kerry, played. The delegation was very active in search for the agreements that will allow all of us and Iran to find common approaches," Lavrov said.

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