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Shoppers in Tehran wait to see effect of Geneva talks

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At Friday prayers at Tehran University the words of the preachers often reflect the politics of the day. The deal hammered out at talks three weeks ago in Geneva is still a hot topic.

How much can the west be trusted to stick to their side of the bargain with a loosening of some sanctions? And what chance is there that western powers and Tehran can conclude a long-term deal?

Euronews heard the opinion of two people after Friday prayers.

“A final agreement could be possible on the condition that the west respects its commitments and that they don’t say one thing in the negotiations and do another thing later,” said one man while another added: “Our foreign minister Mohammad Zarif has said that in these negotiations it is either win-win, or both will lose.”

Our correspondent in Tehran Olaf Bruns says; “Some come out of the mosque with one opinion and go shopping with perhaps another.”

In one electrical appliance shop customers were upbeat as a result of the Geneva agreement. But for the moment the shop manager Mohammed Ghafouri said they are not putting their hands in their pockets.

“The majority of customers are waiting for a huge drop in prices!”

The Iranian president has already said he believes the agreement is making a difference and will help to reduce inflation. But for the moment it seems to be a waiting game for potential customers and a case of window shopping.