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29 January 2012 - 14:33

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed optimism about the results of the upcoming negotiations between Tehran and six major world powers of P5+1.

“I think the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany) meeting will be successful because the other party is also interested in finding a solution,” Salehi said upon arriving in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, on Saturday.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu confirmed on January 8 that Iran and the P5+1 have agreed in principle to hold talks in Turkey.

Iran and the P5+1 held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December 2010 and in the Turkish city of Istanbul last January.

Referring to the visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) delegation to Iran, Salehi said Tehran is also optimistic about the results of the group's mission.

A high-ranking delegation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) led by the IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts and the agency's number two Rafael Grossi, arrived in Tehran on Sunday upon an invitation from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

The three-day visit is aimed at holding talks within the framework of the IAEA article of association to bolster cooperation between the two sides.

The US, Israel and their allies accuse Iran of pursuing a military nuclear program and have used this allegation as a pretext to sway the UNSC to impose four rounds of sanctions on Iran.

Based on these accusations, the United States and its allies have also repeatedly threatened Tehran with the "option" of a military strike.

Tehran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes

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