Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi expressed hope that Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) could reach an agreement on designing a new modality, as confirming reports on the agency's Director General visit to Tehran. "The trip of the IAEA Director General to Iran occurs due to his interest," Salehi told ISNA Friday.
Left: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Right: IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano
He said Iran has already invited the IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano to visit the country, but he has called for traveling to Tehran ahead of Baghdad talks.
Salehi said Iran and the IAEA would discuss the issue of modality and a new framework to remove the IAEA's ambiguities and questions.
Iranian Foreign Minister reiterated that the IAEA delegation does not seek inspection in the trip and only is after dialogues with Iranian officials including Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Chief Fereydoun Abbasi.
Amano is accompanied by the IAEA Deputy Director General for Safeguards Herman Nackaerts and Assistant Director General for Policy Rafael Mariano Grossi during his trip to Iran.
The trip comes ahead of negotiations between Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany scheduled for Baghdad on Wednesday.
Iran and the IAEA last met in Vienna a few days ago.
Iranian ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh has called the talks "constructive."
He had said, "We believe that any cooperation should be made under a specific framework and in a transparent way."
Soltanieh had expressed hope that the two sides could reach a conclusion to settle the remaining issues.
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