April 4th, 2012
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Iran changes nuclear talk venue to Iraq

Hoshyar-ZebariTehran: Iran has proposed holding the next round of nuclear talks at Iraq instead of Turkey. The next round of talks had been slated for April 13 with six world powers over its disputed nuclear programme, Iraq’s foreign minister said. The proposal came during a meeting between an Iranian delegation and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.

It says Zebari welcomed it and promised to make the “necessary contacts” with relevant international parties. He said he would meet with the ambassadors from the five Western powers plus Germany as per Tehran’s plan.This would be the first such meeting since January 2011 when the two sides failed even to agree on an agenda.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said last week that Iran and six world powers the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China agreed to meet in Istanbul. A senior Iranian opinion leader recently spoke out against Turkey hosting the talks. The warm Iranian- Turkish relations have cooled in the past years over the Turkish opposition against Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad who is Iran’s close ally. On the other hand Iraq’s Shiite led government is closely aligned with Iran.



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