Iranian authorities asked Western governments to lift the current sanctions against Iran before starting the next round of talks and negotiations between Tehran and the six world powers in Baghdad in late May over Iran’s nuclear program.
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, said: “The Istanbul meeting was a turning point in the talks.”
Salehi said Iran was always ready to continue the talks and negotiations but it was the Western governments who didn’t want to follow diplomacy solution. “Today, they returned to the talks; it was not us who returned to the talks as we were committed to negotiations from the start.”
Salehi added that another reason why the West decided to resume negotiations was the adverse impact that tensions against Iran was having on the US economy.
Iran’s policy is one of “transparency, dialogue and win-win solutions,” Salehi said, adding, “We are ready to create the conditions that can help alleviate the fabricated concerns that they have made up in their minds because we are sure of ourselves.”