Iranian Envoy: Tehran Summit to Affect Talks with World Powers
The 16th heads-of-state summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) will influence the talks between Tehran and the world powers, an Iranian nuclear envoy stressed here on Tuesday.
"The (NAM) summit meeting will certainly affect the positions of the western countries and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), specially with regard to the nuclear issue," Iran's Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh told FNA on the sidelines of the NAM ministerial meeting in Tehran today.
He also referred to NAM's position on Iran's nuclear issue, and said, "The Movement with its 120 members has extended its support to Iran's peaceful nuclear program" already.
After a 15-month hiatus, Iran and the G5+1 held several rounds of talks this year, with the latest one in Moscow on June 18-19.
At the end of the Moscow talks, Iran's top negotiator Saeed Jalili and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton announced that they would hold a meeting after talks between their deputies and also a meeting between the two sides' experts.
In early July, Iran and the six world powers ended two days of talks by technical experts who discussed the details of the two sides' proposals to end the nuclear standoff between Tehran and the sextet.
Later in July, the deputy lead negotiators of Iran and the six world powers, Ali Baqeri and Helga Schmidt, met in Istanbul to exchange views over the results of the experts' talks.
Also, Jalili and Ashton had a phone conversation on August 2, during which the former reminded the constructive and initiative stances presented by Tehran in Istanbul, and urged Group 5+1 to provide a clear response in this regard.
In response, Ashton hailed Iran's practicable proposals, and pledged to discus Iran's viewpoints with the representatives of the world powers to prepare a justifiable response.