Iran ready to meet with Vienna group: FM

08:08, July 26, 2010      

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Iran Sunday expressed its readiness to meet with the Vienna Group and also asked for Turkey and Brazil to sit in on any future talks with the group.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki made the statement at a press conference in Istanbul on Sunday evening after trilateral talks with his Brazilian and Turkish counterparts earlier in the day.

Sunday's meeting was the first time the three foreign ministers were able to get together since the signing of the Tehran declaration detailing the uranium swap agreement in May.

The main topic of discussion to come out of the trilateral meeting was a letter Iran had prepared to send the Vienna Group (U.S., France, Russia and the International Atomic Energy Agency) expressing its readiness to immediately sit down with the group to discuss details of the swap.

Mottaki told reporters that Iran, Turkey and Brazil all agreed it was important for these talks to begin as soon as possible.

He said "this letter is a declaration we are ready to talk in Vienna about the details and the different angles."

He added that Iran would like Turkey and Brazil to sit in on these Vienna talks, saying "If Brazil and Turkey are willing, we told them to be ready for these talks."

He criticized the decision by the UN Security Council for a new round of sanctions against Iran, saying that "incorrect decisions made by other sides was causing a delay in the process."

He also thanked all international organizations, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, independent countries and "any country that has supported the Tehran declaration."

Source: Xinhua

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