Iran’s Jalili arrives in Turkey to hold talks with EU’s Ashton
Press TV -(Wed May 15, 2013) Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili has arrived in the Turkish city of Istanbul to meet with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Jalili, who is Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, arrived in Istanbul on Wednesday at the head of a high-ranking delegation, and is set to meet Ashton later in the day.
Upon his arrival in Istanbul, Jalili said Iran is still waiting for answers to the proposals it made to the P5+1 group in April.
According to a statement by Ashton’s office, the meeting will be a “follow-up to the last round of negotiations held in Almaty.”
Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers – Russia, China, France, Britain, and the US plus Germany – have held several rounds of talks, mainly over the Iranian nuclear energy program. Their latest rounds of talks were held in Kazakh city of Almaty on April 5-6 and February 26-27.
During the April meeting, Iran presented the P5+1 with the details of its proposal “to launch a new round of cooperation” between the two sides, SNSC Undersecretary Ali Baqeri said on April 5.
Meanwhile, Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have started a fresh round of negotiations in Vienna.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Using the unfounded allegation as a pretext, the US and the EU have imposed illegal unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Tehran rejects the allegation over its nuclear energy activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.