By Iran Review
Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Tehran and the six major world powers (the P5+1) will hold a fresh round of negotiations on April 13, adding that the venue for the talks will be announced soon.
“Istanbul has expressed its readiness to host these talks and is still one of the probable options for hosting these negotiations,” Salehi said.
“I personally believe that Istanbul is the better option for hosting the negotiations but making the decision on this matter is the responsibility of Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Mr. Saeed Jalili,” who will soon announce the choice of location, he added.
The Iranian minister noted that European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has also been in contact with Turkish officials to fix a venue for the talks between Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, Britain, France and the US, plus Germany.
“We hope the venue for the talks will be determined within the next few days,” Salehi stated.
Iran’s Foreign Minister also said Tehran will proceed with efforts to promote stability in Afghanistan as the Islamic Republic attaches special importance to the Afghans’ independence and national sovereignty.
Iran places emphasis on Afghanistan’s independence and national sovereignty and regards the ways to localize security based on enhanced economic cooperation in the region and strengthening national economy as a secure strategy to improve the situation in this country, said Salehi.
Salehi also said Iran has spared no effort in promoting stability in Afghanistan and will diligently move toward the improvement of progress in that country.
The top Iranian diplomat added that Afghanistan’s stability, security and sustainable development have great significance for Iran, noting that the Iranian government has completely fulfilled its commitments on the reconstruction of the war-battered country in line with Iran’s policies of good neighborliness.
The minister further expressed Tehran’s support for international participation in Afghanistan’s economic development.
Iran’s Foreign Minister also warned against intervention in Syria, voicing Tehran’s readiness to help with the political process initiated by the Syrian government and UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.
Ali Akbar Salehi said that international and regional parties should avoid hasty, interventionist and unilateral measures in Syria.
Salehi emphasized Iran’s all-out support for Damascus, saying Syria should pass through the existing security situation, push ahead with reforms, and pay attention to popular demands as a prelude to national dialogue.
The Iranian foreign minister voiced readiness to help the Syrian government and nation especially with the reconstruction of areas damaged in the unrest.