The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili (R), poses with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton before a meeting on April 14, 2012.
The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council says Iran insists on the recognition of its rights as stipulated in the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in its talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (the P5+1 group).
During a press conference in Istanbul on Saturday night, Saeed Jalili described the talks as a step forward.
Jalili also stated that efforts must be made to gain the trust of the Iranian nation during future talks with the P5+1 group.
During the Istanbul meetings, Iran and the P5+1 group agreed to hold the next round of talks in Baghdad on May 23, 2012.
The first round of negotiations was held on Saturday morning in Istanbul, after which Iran started bilateral talks with all the members of the P5+1 group except the United States, and the second round of comprehensive negotiations was held in the afternoon.
Sources close to the Iranian delegation said Iranian negotiators rejected multiple requests from the US for bilateral negotiations both after the first round of talks and before the beginning of the second round.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton described the talks as useful and constructive, saying that Iran has the right to have a civilian nuclear energy program.
Tehran and the P5+1 group held two previous rounds of talks, one in Geneva in December 2010 and another in Istanbul in January 2011.