Iraq ready to host talks with P5+1: Iran envoy
Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danaeifard says in terms of security, logistics and the executive aspects, Baghdad is ready to host the upcoming talks between Iran and the six world powers.
In an interview with IRNA on Monday, Danaeifard rejected claims that Iraq is incapable of hosting the talks between Iran and the P5+1 --Britain, China, France, Russia, the US plus Germany-- on May 23.
“Everything in Iraq is ready for a technical, precise and efficient meeting,” he stressed.
The latest round of the talks between Iran and the six members of the P5+1 group was held in the Turkish city of Istanbul on April 14. Both sides hailed the discussions as constructive and agreed to hold the next round of the talks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
Tehran and the P5+1 had previously held two rounds of talks, one in Geneva, Switzerland in December 2010, and another in Istanbul in January 2011.
The US, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran has repeatedly dismissed the Western allegations over its nuclear activities, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.