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Tehran suggests Cairo for nuclear talks with P5+1 powers

Iranian FM Ali Akbar Salehi suggests Cairo to host next nuclear talks and says Egypt welcomes the step

Ahram Online, Reuters, Wednesday 23 Jan 2013
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi attend the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran, Iran (Photo: Reuters)
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Iran has suggested that the next round of nuclear talks with world powers should take place in Cairo, the ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday, citing the Islamic state's foreign minister.

"When I was in Egypt ... it was suggested that the next meeting be held in Cairo," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by ISNA on Wednesday.

"This issue was welcomed by our dear friends in Egypt and Egypt will consult with the P5+1 for hosting this meeting."

The last round of negotiations between Iran and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had ended last Friday in the capital Tehran with no deal, awaiting a second meeting on 12 February.

The IAEA conducts regular inspections of Iran's unveiled nuclear sites, seeking access to other facilities where it believes are sites for undeclared activities at developing nuclear weapons took place since 2003.

According to AFP, it was unclear what went wrong this time but in the past Iran has insisted that the agreement include clauses that could infringe on the IAEA's ability to conduct proper inspections.

Iran incessantly denies having worked on devoting nuclear energy for military purposes.

At their last meeting, held in Moscow in June, Tehran rejected P5+1 calls for it to scale back its nuclear enrichment activities, while asking for substantial sanctions relief.

The Islamic republic's economy is currently struggling to survive with punitive measures adopted by the US and the EU targeting its key oil sector and access to international financial markets.

 Salehi, for his part, told Al-Ahram newspaper in August that Tehran is keen on establishing relations of "friendship and brotherhood" with Egypt, adding that Iran hoped to restore "normal" ties after relations were terminated in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Such statement came ahead of his meeting with Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi on 9 January to discuss the Syrian crisis in Cairo.



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