Turkish FM reveals approximate date for Iran-Six powers talk
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 29 / Trend S.Isayev, A. Tagiyeva/
In the near future, Turkey will set up the meeting between Iran and the Six powers, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview to TRT Haber TV channel.
He added that the meeting will take place not later than April, since in March, Novrooz holiday is being celebrated in Iran.
"If Iran decides to hold this meeting in Turkey, we will do everything necessary," Davutoglu added.
Davutoglu also said he will be meeting Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi next week to discuss Iran's nuclear program.
A week ago, Salehi said that alks between Iran and the 5+1 group might be held in another country.
"While Turkey is ready to host these talks, other countries might be ready as well," Salehi noted. "Several countries have already contacted us, expressing readiness to host the negotiations".
Salehi added that the place of talks will be decided after Saeed Jalili and Catherine Ashton agree on all details. According to previous reports, the Iran-Six talks should have been held in Istanbul.
Iran and the P5+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. The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program.
Iran, however, maintains that, as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has every right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.