Geneva– World powers have begun their first nuclear negotiations with Iran since Hassan Rouhani became the country’s president in August.
Seen as a relative moderate, Rouhani has said he wants a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme within six months.
No breakthrough is expected in the initial two days of talks in Geneva, but Iran’s foreign minister said he hoped a “road map” could be agreed.
The West suspects Iran of seeking a nuclear arms capability.
Tehran denies the claim, saying its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.
Iran is holding discussions with representatives of the so-called P5+1 group, made up of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany.
European Union spokesman Michael Mann said talks were taking place in a “positive atmosphere”.
He said the P+5 group was looking forward to discussing Iran’s latest proposal and expressed “cautious optimism”.
The Iranian team is led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif, although much of the actual negotiating is expected to be delegated to his deputy Abbas Araqchi.
“Tomorrow [today Monday] is the start of a difficult and relatively time-consuming way forward,” Zarif posted on his Facebook page.
“I am hopeful that by Wednesday we can reach agreement on a road map to find a path towards resolution.” (BBC)