Iran’s negotiator says he is hopeful for continuation of nuclear talks

January 23, 2011, Sunday/ 12:07:00

Iran's chief negotiator for nuclear talks said on Saturday that he hoped parties would find a mutual way and negotiations would continue after the nuclear summit in İstanbul.

Speaking at a press conference after the two-day 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), Saeed Jalili, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said one of the main important cooperation areas in nuclear issue could be the peaceful usage of nuclear energy.

Jalili said parties could cooperate on issues such as establishing nuclear power plants and fuel exchange, however, such cooperation should be based on respect to nations' rights.

Jalili said Iran had the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Upon a question on whether Iran would like to see Turkey participate more in the process in the upcoming period, the negotiator said all countries should have a word in international matters and be included in decision-making processes.

Jalili also said that a successful dialogue could be achieved through common logic.

He said all the discussions in the international arena and at UN platforms should be carried out with such an understanding.

Asked about when the next summit on nuclear issue would be held, Jalili said he was sure that talks would resume after parties found a mutual way.

Jalili also thanked Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu for his constructive and positive stance during the İstanbul talks.

The second round of talks on Iran's nuclear program took place in İstanbul 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 took place in Geneva, Switzerland in October 2009.

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