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Iran to respond to Ashton letter
Sun, 01 May 2011 17:28:16 GMT
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Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the answer to EU foreign policy chief's letter regarding talks with Tehran is awaiting the president's approval.

“If [we receive] a response from Mr. Ahmadinejad, we will send the answer to Mrs. Ashton's letter,” Salehi said on the sideline of a Cabinet meeting on Sunday.

Iran and the P5+1 -- Britain , China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany -- held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December 2010 and in the Turkish city of Istanbul last January.

Regarding the proposal of some Iranian lawmakers to close certain embassies in Tehran, particularly the Bahraini Embassy, Salehi said the Foreign Ministry is obligated to resolve any problem diplomatically.

He said the closure of the embassies would be tantamount to erasing the problem, adding that “we believe that political relations should be preserved and we should hold political negotiations.”

In April, Bahrain's Parliament voted in favor of confiscating the Iranian Embassy building in Manama and converting it into a government property. The final decision, however, was to be made by the Bahraini Cabinet.

Some senior Iranian lawmakers said if Bahrain gave into Western pressure to close Iran's Embassy in Manama, Tehran would retaliate in kind.

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