Ankara: Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr
Mottaki has welcomed a proposal for new talks with Western
powers over his country`s nuclear programme, possibly in
Turkey, media reported.
"This idea has been accepted by Iran. If we agree on a
date, this meeting may be held in a short time," Anatolia news
agency quoted Mottaki as saying after talks with the Turkish
foreign minister in Istanbul yesterday evening.
"The venue of the meeting will be very probably Turkey.
This proposal is a good proposal for us," he said.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he had
proposed the meeting in Turkey during his visit to Tehran last
He had suggested talks between Iran`s top nuclear
negotiator Saeed Jalili and EU foreign policy chief Catherine
Ashton, as a representative of powers in the so-called P5+1
group working on the Iran nuclear standoff.
"We have offered a meeting with P5+1 in Turkey. Iran is
positive on this proposal. A reply is being awaited from
Ashton," he said.
"The resumption of talks between the P5+1 and Iran is a
must. The way for diplomatic efforts should be opened," he
The P5+1 group consists of permanent UN Security Council
members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States,