Iran unlikely to negotiate from a weakening position in future talks with West - expert
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 19 / Trend S.Isayev/
While the sanctions imposed on Iran provided the West with more bargaining chips, Iran is unlikely to negotiate from a weakening position in future talks with the West, independent analyst on Iran, Abolghasem Bayyenat told Trend.
The expert was commenting on the recent talks between Iran and Six powers in Istanbul, regarding Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
Two rounds of talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries have been held in Istanbul this past weekend, and, according to official statements, the discussions were "constructive".
The Iranian side was represented by Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary,chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, while EU foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton handled the matters for the Six European powers.
The next talks are to be held in Baghdad in May.
"Iranian officials made it clear that the upcoming Baghdad talks should also aim at removing the oil and financial sanctions on Iran. The Iranian officials believe that Iran is in a stronger position compared to the previous talks which were held in January 2011 in Istanbul," Bayyenat believes.
The expert believes although the parties did express satisfaction after the Istanbul talks, there are still problems that need to be solved before a lasting solution to Iran's nuclear issue can be found.
"Setting unrealistic goals for the upcoming Baghdad talks such as expecting Iran to suspend its uranium erichment activities, will kill off any chance for a compromise between Iran and EU," Bayyenat said.
The expert noted that if the parties fail to create an atmosphere of mutual respect, there is very little chance for a compromise between the two parties.