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29 February 2012 - 22:30

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany may resume in April.

"Latest in April, I guess there will be a meeting in about a month's time,” Davutoglu said on Tuesday in an interview with Turkey’s public television (TRT).

Iran and the P5+1 -- comprising of Russia, China, France, Britain, the US, and Germany -- held two rounds of multifaceted talks, one in Geneva in December 2010 and another in Istanbul, Turkey in January 2011.

“If they prefer to hold it in Turkey we will always host it," the Turkish foreign minister added.

In January, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi proposed Turkey as the venue for talks between Tehran and the P5+1.

Tehran says it is ready to continue negotiations based on common ground, adding, however, that it has no intention of backing down from its nuclear rights.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program and have used this pretext to impose unilateral and international sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Iran has refuted the allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Tehran is entitled to peaceful use of nuclear technology.

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