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Fabius in Switzerland for Iran nuclear talks

France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius wants a robust nuclear deal with Iran
France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius wants a robust nuclear deal with Iran REUTERS/Mike Segar
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says he wants to achieve a robust agreement with Iran during the nuclear talks in Switzerland.

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Fabius, who arrived in Lausanne, Switzerland on Saturday, said that any deal agreed upon included mechanisms to ensure that Iran, which denies wanting nuclear weapons, complies with its commitments.

Speaking to reporters on his arrival, Fabius said "I am coming here with the desire to move towards a robust agreement. We have made progress on certain issues but not enough on others."

Fabius joined US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for the talks. The parties involved are hoping to reach a deal by the March 31 deadline.

According to US officials, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier was due to join the talks later Saturday and hold a working lunch with Kerry and Fabius.

China and Russia's foreign ministers, the other two countries involved in the long-running talks, are reportedly expected on Sunday.

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