Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has rejected the idea of participation of Persian Gulf littoral states in the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers.
“This framework of negotiations is enough,” Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA) quoted Lavrov as saying on Tuesday.
Iran and the P5+1 group – Russia, China, France, Britain, and the US plus Germany – have held several rounds of talks over Iran’s nuclear energy program.
The latest round of negotiations between the two sides was held in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 16. Two earlier meetings had been held in the Kazakh city of Almaty on April 5-6 and February 26-27.
The West led by the United States accuses Iran of potentially using its nuclear energy program as a cover for military purposes.
Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.