Fars News Agency :: Turkey: Iran, 5+1 Ready to Resume Talks

20 Gennaio 2012 0 Di ammiano marcellino

Fars News Agency :: Turkey: Iran, 5+1 Ready to Resume Talks.

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Turkey: Iran, 5+1 Ready to Resume Talks

TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that both Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) are ready to resume talks and Ankara is also prepared to hold the meeting between the two sides.

Speaking at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels on Wednesday, the Turkish minster said he had contacts recently with Iranian officials and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and that ‘both sides declared the intention to meet and restart the negotiations.’ “Of course, it is up to both sides to decide but as far as Turkey is concerned, we will be happy to host this new round of talks,” he said. Tomorrow (on Thursday), Davutolgu said, “I will be meeting with my Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi in Ankara to discuss this issue.” “We hope these negotiations will create positive result and an important international concern will be thoroughly resolved,” he added. Iran and G5+1 attended three rounds of talks in Istanbul, Turkey, in January 2011. The Iranian side was presided by Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili, while Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, headed delegations from the six world powers.