A senior Iranian lawmaker says the removal of economic sanctions imposed against Iran must be high on the agenda of the upcoming Baghdad talks.

Deputy Head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Esmail Kowsari said on Sunday that the removal of sanctions and the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists must be discussed in the Baghdad talks.

Iran and the P5+1-- Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US plus Germany --are to meet in the Iraqi capital on May 23.

Kowsari added that the silence of the international community, particularly the UN Security Council, in the face of atrocities being committed by the Al Khalifa regime against innocent civilians in Bahrain must be raised as Iran’s most important demands in the forthcoming talks.

He also advised the US and the European countries to adopt a logical approach towards Iran in the multifaceted Baghdad talks and not apply sanctions, which will only harm their interests.

The latest round of talks between Iran and the five members of the P5+1 group was held in the Turkish city of Istanbul on April 14.

They agreed to hold the next round of talks in Baghdad on May 23, 2012. Both sides hailed the discussions as constructive.

Tehran and the P5+1 previously held two rounds of talks, one in Geneva, Switzerland in December 2010 and another in Istanbul in January 2011.
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