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Iran willing to hold talks with Group 5+1, FM spokesman

Tehran, Jan 7, IRNA-Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini, said on Sunday that Iran is willing to hold talks with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (5+1 group) on the nuclear dispute.

He made the remark at this week's briefing, in response to a question, whether Iran has any plan to negotiate with the Group 5+1 after the Resolution 1737.

Hosseini said that diplomacy is something that can never be left aside, adding that all capacities should be used to discuss the nuclear issue with representatives of various countries.

Concerning the will of Iran and Egypt to resume relations, he said that given the significant status of both states in the region, there are good grounds for cooperation.

Turning to the favorable cooperation between the two nations on the international scene and the economic and cultural domains, he noted, "To expand mutual ties we should witness Egypt's measures to this end. Removal of the existing obstacles will help enhance level of bilateral ties."

In response to a question about composition of a committee to be established to revise Iran-IAEA relations, he said that the committee will be formed by Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Secretary (SNSC) Ali Larijani at the SNSC secretariat.

"A number of officials from Foreign Ministry and other organizations will participate in the committee to propose their plans. Necessary decision will be made as per the proposals.

Replying to another question about negotiations of several officials from regional states with the Israeli regime, he said that it conveys the general concern of the regional states on the need for regional peace and security.

"Since the Zionist regime has always accounted for the insecurity, instability and threats posed to the regional countries, so that such negotiations would be futile," he added.

The spokesman underlined that the interests of regional states cannot be secured through talks with the Israeli regime, the major parameter of instability and insecurity in the region.

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