Catherine Ashton, the head of EU foreign policy, extended Norooz congratulations in Persian to all Iranians at the end the joint news conference she held with the Iranian foreign minister at the end of two days of talks in Vienna.

Norooz marks the beginning of the New Year in Iran and is celebrated upon arrival of spring.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif thanked the European representative of the United Nations and the Foreign Ministry of Austria for hosting the talks between Iran and the 5+1, and wished a happy Norooz to Ashton and the reporters.

Both Ashton and Zarif expressed satisfaction with the progress of the talks, which are set to continue on April 7.

Zarif also said that they have not yet reached a mutually acceptable proposal regarding the Arak Reactor; however, they are reaching an agreement on the cancellation of sanctions.