Asia Bizz: Ali Akbar Salehi, the Iranian foreign minister on March 28, 2012 said that the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, as well as the Germany, is due on April 13, 2012. The venue for the talks is yet to be decided and will be revealed in a few days.

Salehi made the announcement while receiving the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who arrived in the Iranian capital on March 28, 2012. The Iranian foreign minister addressed the press and said that Istanbul has already announced its readiness to host the upcoming nuclear talks.

Salehi also added that Istanbul is the preferable host for the talks in his opinion, but the issue will be decided by the chief nuclear negotiator of Iran, Saeed Jalili. Salehi also added that Mrs Catherine Ashton, the European Union Foreign Policy Chief has contacted some of the Turkish friends about the venue of the upcoming talks.

Meanwhile Jalili and his colleagues are studying the issue. The nuclear talks on January 2011 between Iran and the G5 +1 failed to reach to any agreement. The talks had failed as Tehran rejected any idea of suspending enrichment in exchange of trade and technology benefits.