Following an agreement by Iran and six major world powers (P5+1) to hold expert-level meetings, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has stressed the importance of settling Tehran’s nuclear energy issue through political channels.
Bildt urged diplomacy on Iran's nuclear energy program in a Saturday telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, during which the two sides discussed the latest developments pertaining to the negotiations between Iran and P5+1.
Salehi pointed to the latest talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 - Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany - in Moscow and called on both sides to seize the opportunity and follow serious talks in order for the negotiations to yield results.
At the end of two days of talks in Moscow on June 19, Iran and the P5+1 agreed to continue the talks on a follow-on technical level in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 3.
At the heart of the Moscow negotiations was Iran’s nuclear energy program, with Tehran standing firm on its inalienable right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.
The United States and some of its allies claim that Iran is seeking to weaponize its nuclear technology.
Iran has strongly rejected the allegation, insisting that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to pursue nuclear energy for its numerous civilian purposes.