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17:56 | 2009-09-13


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Turkey Ready to Host Iran-West Talks

TEHRAN (FNA)- Visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday announced that Ankara is ready to host talks between Iran and the six world powers.

In a meeting with Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Saeed Jalili here in Tehran today, Davutoglu expressed the hope that the talks between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) would start as soon as possible, adding that his country is ready to host such talks.

Pointing to Iran's updated package of proposals for the talks with the world powers, the Turkish minister said that the package provides proper grounds for dialogue over crucial global issues.

The package was delivered during a meeting here in Tehran last Wednesday between Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and ambassadors and representatives of the six major powers.

The package was submitted to the ambassadors of France, Russia, Germany, and China, the British charge d'affaires, and the Swiss ambassador to Tehran, whose country represents US interests in Iran.

Elsewhere, Davutoglu described Turkey as Iran's permanent friend and brother, and urged further expansion of cooperation and consultations as well as deepening of strategic ties between the two countries.

During the meeting Saeed Jalili reminded the West's frequent failures and its heavy costs in the Middle East, and said, "The root cause of these failures (of the West) lies in their ignorance of the depth of the realities in the region."