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Turkey supports Iran-G5+1 talks anywhere: Oglo

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 5, IRNA -- Turkey supports Iran and G5+1 nuclear talks anywhere, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davoud Oglo said on Wednesday.

He made the remark in response to a question posed by journalists about the future venue of Iran and G5+1 negotiations.

“The place of talks between Iran and the other side is not important but what is important for Ankara, is to help the beginning of negotiations,” Turkey FM concluded.

Iran has reportedly proposed holding the next round of talks with Western powers on its nuclear program in Iraq instead of Turkey, Iraq's Foreign Ministry claimed recently.

Meanwhile, some media outlets claimed Tuesday that Baghdad had agreed to host the talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany).

According to Reuters, Iraq said an Iranian delegation visited Baghdad on April 3 to discuss the request.

However, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had said the talks — the first since the two sides attempted talks in January 2011— would be held in Istanbul.

'As far as Turkey's hosting is concerned, everything depends on Iran-G5+1 agreement and those are the two sides who should announce their agreement and inclination to Turkey's hosting,' Turkish Ambassador to Tehran Umit Yardim told the Islamic republic news agency recently.

Istanbul was the venue of the last round of talks between the two sides.

Iran and the G5+1 held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December 2010 and in the Turkish city of Istanbul in January 2011.

While Tehran says it is ready to continue the talks based on common grounds, it has stressed that it will not give up any of its rights.

In a letter to Iran in July, Ashton announced the world powers' willingness to continue talks with Iran on its peaceful nuclear program.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed the West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing those sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80062208

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