Baghdad: An Iranian delegation headed by chief negotiator Saeed Jalili has arrived in Baghdad to participate in the next round of nuclear talks between the six major powers and Iran scheduled on Wednesday, an Iraqi official television reported on Tuesday.
"A delegation headed by Iran``s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili was the first delegation to arrive in Baghdad to participate in Baghdad`s nuclear talks," the state-run Iraqia channel said.
The Iranian delegation was received in Baghdad airport by Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Hoshyar Zebari, who told Iraqia that "all parties are counting on this meeting to resolve the pending issues between the international agency (IAEA) and Iran."
The last round of nuclear talks between Iran and the UN Security Council``s five permanent members (the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China) plus Germany, known as P5+1, was held in Turkey`s Istanbul in April, with all sides describing the talks as positive and agreeing to meet again in the Iraqi capital on May 23.
Wednesday`s talks will aim at pushing Iran to allow IAEA experts access to sites, people and documents the agency hopes to inspect to address concerns that the country might have been working on nuclear weapons.
For its part, Iraq hopes that hosting such significant international meeting is another signal to the world after hosting the Arab League summit late in March, to confirm the country`s emergence from isolation after wars and unrest.
The UN has by now imposed several rounds of sanctions against Tehran for its refusal to halt uranium enrichment, a technology that can be used to produce nuclear fuel or materials for bombs.
The EU, the United States and some other countries have imposed an oil embargo as part of their sanctions to pressure Tehran into resuming talks on the country`s nuclear program. They have also imposed tough banking sanctions aimed at limiting Iran`s ability to sell oil, which accounts for 80 percent of its foreign revenues.