TEHRAN — Top Iranian legislator Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Wednesday that Iran's package of proposals for negotiations with the 5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany) is in the interests of the entire world.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran's package of political proposals presented to the European Union includes all current issues facing the international community as well as issues of mutual interest," Boroujerdi stated.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran's package of proposals addresses the causes of the crises occurring in the region as well as Iran's readiness to cooperate with the international community in campaigning against terrorism and drugs," added Boroujerdi, the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee chairman.
If the Western side accepts Iran's package of proposals, it will be able to contribute greatly to the resolution of regional and global issues, he added.
On Tuesday, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council replied to the recent letter of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, saying Iran welcomes the decision taken by the 5+1 group to return to talks on common ground for cooperation.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced in Istanbul on Monday that Iran and the 5+1 group will hold talks in Istanbul in the near future.
However, EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said on Wednesday, "We are surprised to hear the Iranians talking about meetings."
She added, "On its own, Dr. Jalili's letter does not contain anything new and does not justify a further meeting."
In addition, Bloomberg quoted Kocijancic as saying, "They (the Iranian officials) have not been in touch with us about any proposals."
After the end of the Geneva talks in early December 2010, Jalili announced that Iran and the 5+1 group had agreed that the future talks would focus on common ground for cooperation.
However, the 5+1 group reneged on the agreement, and after the end of the Geneva talks, Ashton, who represented the six major powers at the talks, read out a statement saying the nuclear issue would be the focus of the next round of talks, a move which drew strong criticism from Iranian officials .(Tehran Times)