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News number: 9107157482

13:30 | 2013-04-04

Nuclear

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Armenian FM Voices Optimism about Upcoming Talks between Tehran, G5+1 in Almaty

TEHRAN (FNA)- Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian said that he is hopeful about the results of the next round of talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on April 5-6.



Nalbandian made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast in Yerevan on Wednesday.

"I hope that issues pertaining to the Iranian nuclear program will be resolved peacefully soon," Nalbandian said.

The last round of the talks between Tehran and the six world powers was held in Almaty on February 26-27.

Also, experts from Iran and the G5+1 reviewed the two sides' proposals in a meeting in Istanbul from March 17 to 18. The two sides' experts outlined topics of the upcoming talks between the chief negotiators of Iran and the G5+1 due to start tomorrow.

Earlier this month, diplomatic sources in Europe said that the grounds are now ready to lift part of the current economic sanctions on Iran in the next round of talks between Tehran and the six world powers.

According to a report by Norway's Radio Austin, diplomatic circles in Europe have announced that the next meeting between Iran and G5+1 will witness a real change in the Iran-West nuclear standoff and at the end of the day "the Europeans will announce a partial removal of economic sanctions against Iran".

The report said that Europeans have realized that softening Iran's economic sanctions is a must since they have failed to prevent Iran from installing thousands of new generation centrifuges and the economic sanctions have left no impact on the activities of Iranian scientists.