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Turkey, Iran calls on quick resumption of Iranian nuclear talks

(Xinhua)

08:26, January 20, 2012

ANKARA, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers on Thursday called on relevant parties to resume nuclear talks with Iran as soon as possible for regional stability.

At a joint press conference held in Turkey's capital Ankara Thursday, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi hoped that the nuclear talks between Iran and five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany could be held at Istanbul as soon as possible.

"The key thing is to start negotiations and ease tensions at once. And Turkey is ready to provide any help or any contributions to the resumption of nuclear talks since it is high time for talks and a settlement," said Ahmet Davutoglu.

He noted that both Iran and the European Union's top foreign and security policy official Catherine Ashton had conveyed their readiness for the resumption of talks at different occasions.

For his part, Salehi said that "I hope negotiations could be held in Istanbul. It is time for the talks to start if other parties are ready to act sincerely. If there were any excuses on their part, it would mean that they are against or do not endorse negotiations."

Salehi said he had encouraged Ashton during a gathering a few weeks ago to schedule a meeting with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili.

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