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13:21 | 2012-05-13

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Iranian Official Stresses Baghdad's Capability to Host Iran-Powers Talks

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq is capable enough to host the upcoming talks between Tehran and the six world powers on May 23, a senior Iranian foreign ministry official said.

"We believe that Iraqi officials are capable of organizing the meeting between Iran and the G5+1, properly just as they organized several summits such as the Arab League summit," Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi said on Saturday.

Araqchi added that the meeting between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) will be held in Baghdad without any problems.

The 23rd Arab League summit was held in Baghdad on March 27.

In relevant remarks this week, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said that Baghdad had prepared all grounds for holding the meeting between Iran and world powers in an ideal atmosphere.

Zebari said Wednesday that the positive achievements of the next round of talks between Iran and the G5+1 in Baghdad would benefit the entire region.

The Iraqi top diplomat made the remarks in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement's member states.

He stressed that the positive outcome of the May 23 meeting would also strengthen Iraq's status as a player on the regional and international scenes.

Iran and the Group 5+1 resumed negotiations in Istanbul on April 14 after more than a year of stalled talks and are due to continue their negotiations in a second meeting in Iraq's capital city, Baghdad, on May 23.