Press TV - Italy seeks to be included in talks with Iran over its nuclear program, in addition to the five permanent members of the UNSC plus Germany.
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Wednesday that his country counts on the support of the United States in its bid to join the "5+1" group of nations negotiating with Iran.
Frattini added that he had received assurances in this respect from US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The two diplomatic chiefs are set to meet on the sideline of a conference on Afghanistan in Paris on Thursday.
Italy feels it should be allowed to join the negotiations on the grounds that it is Iran's biggest European trading partner.
The 5+1 group is made up of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- the United States, Russia, France, Britain and China -- plus Germany.
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