France offer of talk 'positive approach': Iran

22nd June 2010, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's offer to hold talks with Iran is "positive" and can help resolve Tehran's nuclear issue, foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki was quoted Tuesday as saying.

"We believe there are serious signs that France is willing to conduct an independent action," the ISNA news agency quoted Mottaki as saying during an interview on state television late Monday.

"Such a will exists among some French officials. We see this approach as positive. If there are more serious signs of such a will then Europe can enter a new phase of playing a greater role" in resolving the nuclear issue, he said.

Sarkozy on Saturday told his Russian counterpart at a meeting in Saint Petersburg that France was ready "without delay" to hold talks with Iran in Vienna over a nuclear fuel swap deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey.

A French presidential official quoted Sarkozy as saying that these talks could also discuss the response given by UN Security Council powers France, Russia and the United States in the form of sanctions against Iran.

On June 9 the Security Council imposed a fourth set of sanctions against Iran for refusing to stop its controversial uranium enrichment programme.

World powers continue to offer to talk with Iran in a bid to resolve the nuclear issue despite imposing sanctions, as part of their dual-track policy.

© 2010 AFP

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