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French foreign minister to travel to Vienna Friday for Iran nuclear talks

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will travel to Vienna on Friday, joining his US counterpart John Kerry to participate in the last-ditch talks on Iran`s nuclear programme, his office announced Thursday.

AFP| Updated: Nov 21, 2014, 00:25 AM IST

Paris: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will travel to Vienna on Friday, joining his US counterpart John Kerry to participate in the last-ditch talks on Iran`s nuclear programme, his office announced Thursday.

Kerry and Fabius met in Paris earlier on Thursday before the US secretary of state headed to Austria where he was meeting his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif in the evening.

Iran and the six powers have been negotiating intensively since February to turn an interim accord reached a year ago into a lasting agreement before November 24.

Such a deal, after 12 years of rising tensions, is aimed at easing fears that Tehran will develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian activities -- an ambition the Islamic republic has always hotly denied.

Kerry and Fabius both affirmed their desire to strike a deal before the deadline, despite what the French minister described as "important points of disagreement".

"We hope they can be reduced," Fabius told reporters in Paris. "That will depend very much on Iran`s attitude."