UNITED NATIONS: Iran ready for summit-level talks with world powers, says Foreign MinisterRecord ID: 313797
- Title: UNITED NATIONS: Iran ready for summit-level talks with world powers, says Foreign Minister
- Date: 2nd October 2009
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- Story Text: Iran is ready for high level talks with world powers said Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Thursday (October 1).
Speaking in Farsi through a translator, Mottaki, told reporters at the United Nations headquarters in New York, "As our president said, we act based on a clear agenda and a plan of action and we have entered into these discussions with this clear agenda and this dialogue can also be enhanced both in form and both the level of discussions. So different committees can be formed and we cover various topics in the discussions and they can be put in the agenda. And from the point of the level of the discussion as we told earlier the Islamic Republic of Iran has the readiness to enhance the level of such talks up to the level of a summit meeting."
Mottaki was referring to remarks on Wednesday by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who proposed an organized structure for the discussions, with three committees dealing with different issues, and an "assembly" of heads of state of the countries involved as the top decision-making body.
Mottaki's comments at a U.N. news conference came as Iran held talks with six world powers in Geneva, centering on a new nuclear site near the city of Qom whose existence was only officially disclosed last week.
Western countries suspect Iran is aiming to develop nuclear weapons, something long denied by Tehran, which says it seeks only to generate civil nuclear power.
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