Delegates from the P5+1 countries -- the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States) plus Germany -- met with the Iranian delegation led by Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Tuesday to work toward a comprehensive Iranian nuclear agreement.
Michael Mann, Ashton's spokesman, tweeted Tuesday that the plenary session's "Discussions were detailed and substantial."
Third plenary session of E3/EU+3 - Iran talks ends. Discussions were detailed and substantial. Bilateral meetings now. #irantalksvienna— Michael Mann (@EUHighRepSpox) April 8, 2014
As the day's session began, the Iranian foreign minister tweeted the objective of the meeting, to establish a final accord that takes into account "collective responsibility" and the "interests of all sides."
Continuation of dialogue to reach final accord heavy & collective responsibility. Most importantly, in line with interests of all sides.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) April 8, 2014
The gathering in Vienna is the third meeting of the P5+1 since the Joint Plan of Action was implemented in January.