Turkey welcomes 'open door' in Iran nuke talks

Catherine Ashton, European Union's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, headed the P5+1 delegation at the nuclear talks hosted by Turkey.

Turkey welcomes 'open door' in Iran nuke talks

A spokesperson for the Turkish ministry of foreign affairs said on Saturday that Turkey had voiced constructive suggestions during the recent nuclear summit in Istanbul.

Holding a press conference after the nuclear talks between Iran and P5+1 countries (five permanent members of the UN Security Council: the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Selcuk Unal said parties had held talks to find a common floor for cooperation on nuclear issue and expressed their expectations from the process during the summit hosted by Turkey.

"Turkey has contacted the parties when demanded and expressed constructive suggestions during the talks in Istanbul. The main goal of this process is to reach a consensus among the relevant parties," Unal said.

Unal noted that Turkey welcomed the parties' leaving the door open to negotiation and hoped parties would assess the proposals expressed in Istanbul in a detailed way.

The spokesperson added that Turkey would continue to display efforts to resolve the issue in a peaceful way.

The new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program took place in Istanbul between Iran and five permanent members of UN Security Council and Germany (5+1) on Friday and Saturday.

Catherine Ashton, European Union's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, headed the P5+1 delegation at the nuclear talks hosted by Turkey.

Saeed Jalili, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, chaired the Iranian delegation in the meeting.

The first meeting between Iran and P5+1 was held in Geneva, Switzerland in October 2009.


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