Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi expressed hope on Tuesday that Tehran's next round of talks with the six powers will mark "the beginning of the end of the nuclear issue."
"We hope this meeting will be the beginning of the end of the Iranian nuclear issue," Salehi, who is visiting Tunis, told reporters following a conversation with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki.
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On Monday, the Iranian foreign minister said he was "optimistic" about the upcoming negotiations with the United States, France, Russia, China, Germany and Britain over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, planned to take place on May 23 in Baghdad.
"The results of the Istanbul meeting were satisfactory, and I am optimistic about the next meeting in Baghdad," he said.
Tehran has resumed dialogue on its controversial nuclear activities on April 14 with the 5+1 group.
The West accuses Iran of working towards developing atomic weapons, and is seeking guarantees from Tehran that its nuclear program is maintained solely for civilian purposes.
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