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Salehi: Negotiations should resume if West has good intention

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Ankara, Jan 19, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Thursday that negotiations between Iran and G5+1 should resume if the West has good intention.

Salehi made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara on Thursday.

In response to a question posed by reporters on recent allegations made by Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief that Iran has not sent its official response and for this reason uncertainty surrounded resumption of talks, Salehi said:

“During our mutual meeting a few weeks ago, I asked Ashton whether she had received a letter sent to her by Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili advising her to specify time and venue of negotiations.”

As head of negotiating team, Jalili is in direct contact with Ashton to specify time and venue of the negotiations, Salehi said.

Salehi said in his opinion Istanbul is a good venue for resumption of talks between the two sides but if the West is sincere in its claim, the time of the negotiations should be specified.

Citing any excuses indicates that they are not willing to resume talks, he said.

The Turkish foreign minister, for his part, said he is in direct contact with the EU foreign policy chief and had called her prior to his visit to Tehran.

The two sides have voiced their willingness to resume talks, he said, adding that Turkey is to host such negotiations and will spare no efforts to this effect.

Iran’s foreign minister heading a high ranking delegation arrived in Turkey on Wednesday and conferred with the country’s high ranking officials on expansion of economic cooperation between the two countries.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30773598

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