TEHRAN: Iran on Wednesday proposed Cairo as the venue for the next talks with world powers on its disputed nuclear drive, adding that the Egyptians have welcomed the idea, the ISNA news agency reported.

Iran has proposed that “the next meeting be held in Cairo, and it was welcomed by our Egyptian brothers,” it cited Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi as saying after a cabinet meeting.

“Egypt is consulting with the 5+1,” he added of the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France plus Germany.

Salehi said “consultations are under way between (Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed) Jalili and Catherine Ashton,” the EU foreign policy chief who represents the P5+1 in nuclear talks with Iran.

“The date and venue of the talks will be announced by the Supreme National Supreme Council” which oversees the nuclear negotiations, he added.

At the most recent talks, in Moscow last June, Tehran rejected P5+1 calls for it to scale back its uranium enrichment activities, while also asking for relief from sanctions that began to bite in 2012.