Erdogan Advocates Peace to Ahmadinejad

In Baku Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose controversial nuclear program has become a target for the United States.

Erdogan Advocates Peace to Ahmadinejad

Erdogan recommended continuous cooperation with the international community and advocated transparency to Ahmadinejad. Iran should avoid anything potentially damaging to regional security and stability, said Erdogan, highlighting diplomacy as the rightful solution to the problem.

Ahmadinejad said, however, Iran is already acting in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in a statement that came at the 9th summit of the Organization for Economic Cooperation.

"We are conducting nuclear works for peaceful purposes, and we have every right to do so."

"A recent topic of discussion nuclear program came to the agenda. We said the demands of international community should be satisfied and the nuclear power should be used for peaceful purposes," Erdogan elaborated during a news briefing, underlining that it is the Iranian authority made the request for a meeting.

Asked whether he imparted anything to Ahmadinejad, Erdogan replied: "The Turkish government thinks that nobody can interfere in the works to utilize nuclear energy for humanitarian and peaceful purposes. But the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is an issue that no government can look at in positive terms. They [the Iranian officials] also have similar opinions."

The commercial cooperation between Turkey and Iran was another topic of discussion at the meeting.

The Turkish prime minister requested the Iranian president clear the way for the Turkish private sector obstructed by investment related problems in the past.

Iran's acquisition of nuclear technology is not only a success for Iran, the Iranian president argued; it is also an achievement for the whole Islamic world. He further said Iran is prepared to maintain its nuclear activities under the IAEA's supervision.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16