Iran still coy on Turkey’s overtures

Credit: Asia Times

By Kaveh L Afrasiabi

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – Despite a strong personal pitch by the visiting Turkish premier last week to hold the next round of Iran nuclear talks in Istanbul, Tehran is still ambivalent and may opt for an alternative venue.

Although the talks are tentatively scheduled for mid-April, as the time of writing there has been no official announcement regarding the venue, even though Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, in his meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his personal view that Istanbul was “the best place” to hold the multilateral talks between Iran and the “Iran Six” nations (UN Security Council’s permanent five – the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and China – plus Germany).

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