Ankara: Turkey is ready to host talks
between Iran and six world powers over its disputed nuclear
programme after a receiving a request from Tehran, the
Anatolia news agency reported on Sunday.
"Turkey has made lots of efforts since the start of
the process for a diplomatic solution to be found," the news
agency quoted a diplomatic source as saying.
"We are ready to do whatever is in our power," the
The date and location of the talks is still to be
determined, the report added.
An Iranian conservative newspaper, Vatan Emrouz, reported that the negotiations would be held by the end of
November, without quoting a source.
At the same time, the European Union`s foreign policy
chief Catherine Ashton, representing the world powers in the
Iran negotiations, said today that she was still waiting for
official word from Tehran.
"We have taken note of these reports. But we have not
yet received an official proposal from Iran in this regard," a
spokesman for her office said.
The spokesman said the EU would respond once it had
received an official proposal including a specific time and
place to meet.
The nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers --
Britain, China, France, Russia, Germany and the United States
-- have been deadlocked since October 2009 when the two sides
met in Geneva.