TEHRAN, June 12 (Xinhua) -- The talks between the representatives of Iran and Russia over Iran's nuclear program were fruitful, Pess TV reported on Thursday quoting a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator.
During the talks, both sides discussed the issues raised in the previous rounds of nuclear negotiations and held consultations, Abbas Araqchi, also Iran's deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, said on Wednesday after Iran's nuclear negotiating team and the Russian representatives met in Rome.
He also described as "helpful" the bilateral talks between negotiators from the Islamic republic and France in the Swiss city of Geneva on Wednesday.
The talks between Iranian and French officials were held in a " positive atmosphere," and the meeting was "helpful" ahead of the next round of high-level negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program.
Iran and the U.S. officials had tense discussions and exchanged views on the topics pertaining to Iran's nuclear issue but differences still endured, Araqchi told media after two-day direct nuclear talks between Iran and the United States ended in Geneva on Tuesday.
Iran has started to hold bilateral talks with the members of the P5+1 group -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany -- to narrow down the gaps between the sides ahead of the new round of negotiations.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Wednesday said the purpose of the talks is to make much of the time before the upcoming high-level negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group.
The new round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group will be on June 16 to 20 in Vienna. All sides are expected to bring about a comprehensive nuclear agreement before July 20, pinned down during a trademark interim deal struck last November.