Iran has told Western powers that it wants them to consider easing oil and banking sanctions during the first phase of any interim nuclear deal they agree to, an Iranian delegate at talks between Tehran and six world powers said on Friday.
"We have announced to the West that in the first phase the issue of banking and oil sanctions must be considered," Majid Takht-Ravanchi, a member of Iran's negotiating team in Geneva, was quoted as saying by Iran's Mehr news agency.
France's foreign minister said on Friday major questions still remained to be answered during talks on Iran's nuclear program in Geneva, but work was ongoing to reach an agreement.
"France wants a credible accord on Iran's nuclear program," Laurent Fabius said in a statement sent to Reuters. "For now, major questions are still not resolved, but we are working in Geneva to do so if possible."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to join talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program in Geneva on Saturday, diplomatic sources said, in a further sign of headway towards an interim deal between Tehran and world powers.
"Lavrov is coming tomorrow," a diplomatic source who spoke on condition of not being identified told Reuters. Itar-Tass news agency cited an unidentified source as saying: "We hope that talks with (Lavrov's) participation can lead to positive results." The negotiations began on Thursday and were joined by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany on Friday.