Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will propose the venue for upcoming nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers.

He is to consult with secretary of Supreme National Security Council Sa’eed Jalili who will announce the final result.
According to Khabar Online political correspondent, after a two-day during the first days of new Iranian year visit to Tehran, as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held discussions with top Islamic Republic officials, and while Iran had already agreed to hold atomic negotiations in Istanbul, now Baghdad seems to be the most possible place for forthcoming meeting.
After Erdogan left Iran, Turkey played host to "Friends of Syria" meeting where according to Reuters, Western and Arab states stepped up verbal pressure on Syrian government, recognized the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) as a legitimate representative of all Syrians, and "noted" it as the main opposition interlocutor with the international community.
However, as the main ally of the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly underlined its support of Syria, since the Arabian Republic has sided with Palestinian Jihad groups which are resisting against the Zionist regime of Israel.
Therefore, Iranian politicians have changed their minds on the location for holding the next round of talks with the 5+1 group consisted of the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany and speak of Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut rather than Istanbul as possible choices.
At a news conference held on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting today, Salehi also remarked: "The issue of holding our negotiations with the 5+1 group in Baghdad or China was raised, however it should be approved by both parties."
Earlier, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had announced as well that Istanbul will host nuclear talks between Iran and world powers on April 13.
In the meantime, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari has said his country had given ambassadors from the six powers formal invitations to meet the Iranians in Baghdad, after a visiting Iranian delegation proposed this on Tuesday.
"Iraq has expressed its willingness to host these talks if the parties agree," Zebari said. "We have extended the invitation and we are waiting for responses."
Iraq last month hosted an Arab League summit for the first time in two decades as part of its push to return to the diplomatic stage in a region split on sectarian lines over the Syria conflict and the dispute with Iran.
There was no immediate reaction from the six powers - the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - to the proposal to hold talks in Iraq.
"Talks are due to take place now at the end of next week. The venue for those has not yet been determined. That is in itself part of the negotiation," Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague told reporters in London.


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