3 February 2013, 15:10

Kazakhstan will host next round of P5+1 talks on Iranian on Feb 25 - Iranian top diplomat

Kazakhstan will host next round of P5+1 talks on Iranian on Feb 25 - Iranian top diplomat

The talks of P5+1 (the UN Security Council's five permanent members plus Germany) on the Iranian nuclear program will be held in Kazakhstan in February, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has announced.

"On February 25 Kazakhstan will host another round of the talks of P5+1 for the Iranian program," he said at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday.

He said that his country is always also ready for bilateral contacts to settle disputed matters with the United States.

"Recently we noted the improvement of the attitude of the U.S. administration to us. We find that this is a positive development," Salehi said.

However, in the past such contacts did not produce tangible results, he said.

The latest round of talks of P5+1, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and the Iranian delegation took place in Moscow on June 18-19, 2012.

It has taken long to agree on the date and place of the next round of talks.

On January 28 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called unsatisfactory the reasons for the deferral of a meeting of the six international mediators and Tehran." The meeting has really been adjourned and, to my big disappointment, I deem the cause of this delay absolutely unsatisfactory," Lavrov said after meeting with his Belgian counterpart in Moscow on Monday. He called for "stopping being capricious" about the meeting venue.

At the end of January the media reported that the talks could be held in Kazakhstan but Tehran refuted the reports.

Earlier deputy chairman of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry's International Information Committee Zhanbulat Usenov told Interfax that Kazakhstan was ready to host the next meeting of the P5+1 and Iranian officials, if all sides agreed to this proposal.

"At the meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Akbar Salehi [in summer 2012], our head of state Nursultan Nazarbayev announced this offer, which meets the consistent approach our republic has always followed toward nonproliferation issues," he said.

"We have always been staunch proponents of assistance in nonproliferation issues. Our president voiced this proposal in this context. We have always been prepared to host these negotiations," Usenov said.

EU proposes Iran nuclear talks, hopes for Iranian confirmation

World powers have proposed holding a new round of talks with Iran over Tehran's nuclear work in the week of February 25 in Kazakhstan, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Sunday.

However, Ashton's team, which coordinates diplomatic contacts with Iran on its nuclear program on behalf of the United States, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain, is still hoping for confirmation of the date and venue from Iran's negotiating team, the spokesman said.


Iran says talks with Syrian opposition could help stop bloodshed

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday his talks with the Syrian opposition leader in Munich one day earlier could contribute to finding a solution to the war in Syria.

Salehi said Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz Alkhatib's comments to him, in their talks late on Saturday, that he would be willing to talk with representatives of the Syrian government if prisoners were released represented "a good step forward".

"If we want to stop the bloodshed we cannot continue putting the blame one side on the other," Salehi told theMunich Security Conference, adding that he was ready to talk again to the opposition and wanted to be "part of the solution". 


Iran's Salehi says six powers set Feb. 25 meeting

Six world powers have proposed holding a new round of talks with Iran on its nuclear programme in Kazakhstan on Feb. 25, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday.

"I have good news - I heard yesterday that the P5+1 or EU3+3 will be meeting in Kazakhstan on Feb. 25," he said at the Munich Security Conference.

He did not make clear whether Iran had agreed to the meeting.

A European diplomat said the six powers had proposed a new round of talks on Feb. 25 in Kazakhstan but that Iran had still not given a firm answer. The two sides have been haggling over a date and venue for new talks for weeks.

Western powers suspect Iran of seeking to develop the capability to build a nuclear bomb, but Iran says its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.

Salehi said he would give "positive consideration" to comments by U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden on Saturday in which he held out the possibility of direct talks with Iran.

Salehi said there was "no red line for bilateral negotiations" as long as the other side had a real intention to resolve the issue.

Iran ready for nuclear talks with US - Salehi

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Sunday his country is ready to hold direct talks with the United States as long as Washington has "fair and real intentions."

Voice of Russia, Interfax, Reuters, dpa

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