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18:02 | 2009-04-13


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Iran Welcomes Constructive Talks with 5+1 Group

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Saeed Jalili on Monday welcomed constructive talks with the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany).

Speaking in a phone conversation with EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana, Jalili stressed the need for correct understanding of international realities and developments.

Regarding Iran's answer to the six powers' recent statement on nuclear talks with Iran, Jalili underlined that the Islamic Republic of Iran will issue an official statement on the issue soon.

Solana, for his part, referred to recent developments in international arena and asked for continued talks to portray a new era of cooperation.

The United States, Russia, China, France, Britain plus Germany, in a statement after a meeting of senior diplomats in London on last Wednesday, announced that they would ask European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana to invite Tehran to the talks to find "a diplomatic solution to this critical issue".

"We strongly urge Iran to take advantage of this opportunity to engage seriously with all of us in a spirit of mutual respect," the six powers said in a statement.

Meantime, breaking with past US policy of shunning direct talks with Iran, Obama's administration said the United States would join in nuclear discussions with Iran from now on.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States would be a "full participant" in major power talks with Iran.