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Iran: Talks with P5+1 may be in Turkey
Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:26PM
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Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says upcoming negotiation between Tehran and the six world powers will “most probably” be held in Turkey.


“Talks between Iran and the P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany -- will most probably be held in Istanbul,” Salehi said upon arrival in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Wednesday.

The Iranian Foreign Minister arrived in Turkey to take part in the 23rd Iran-Turkey Joint Economic Commission which will be held on Thursday in Ankara.

Salehi said Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was in contact with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, and the date of negotiations would be announced in the “near future.”

Iran and the P5+1 have held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December 2010 and in the Turkish city of Istanbul last January.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program and have used this pretext to impose four rounds of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Iran has refuted the allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Tehran has a right to use nuclear technology for peaceful use.

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