On April 14, 2012, head of the Chinese delegation and Assistant Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu said in Istanbul that this round of dialogue on the Iranian nuclear issue is earnest, productive and constructive. With the concerted efforts of all sides, the meeting kicked off a process of continuous dialogue and achieved positive results.
Representatives of the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany conducted a round of more than 7 hours of talks on the Iranian nuclear issue with the Iranian representatives in Istanbul, the biggest city of Turkey on April 14.
After the dialogue ended, Ma told the Chinese reporters that all parties concerned exchanged views on the Iranian nuclear issue and agreed to engage in dialogue and negotiation on the issue in the principle of phasing in and reciprocity and on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, to gradually build mutual trust and to ultimately solve the issue completely, fairly and properly.
He said that the Chinese side has made unremitting efforts to promote the resumption of talks and positive results of the dialogue. Prior to the dialogue, China reached out to all parties concerned and appealed to hold onto the direction of diplomatic solution and make efforts to resume negotiations as soon as possible. During the dialogue, the Chinese side urged related parties to look forward, take care of each other's concerns, show flexibility and sincerity and make positive progress of the dialogue. China's efforts were highly appreciated by all the parties.
He pointed out that the Iranian nuclear issue is extremely complex and will unavoidably encounter difficulties, twists and turns. We hope related parties cooperate sincerely based on the existing consensus and make greater efforts to solve the issue peacefully through dialogue and negotiation.
He noted that China is willing to work with other parties to promote the peace talks and continue to play a constructive role to strive for a fair, reasonable and peaceful solution of the Iranian nuclear issue.
High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton also spoke highly of the dialogue, saying that it is constructive and very helpful to solve the issue.
She said at a press conference that the dialogue opened a process of earnest and continuous negotiation and parties concerned agreed to hold the next round of dialogue on the Iranian nuclear issue in Baghdad, capital of Iraq on May 23.
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili also said that parties concerned expressed the spirit of cooperation during the dialogue. Iran does not seek nuclear weapons but safeguards the right to using nuclear energy peacefully. He hopes the next round of dialogue achieves positive results.