Turkish President Abdullah Gul welcomed Iran's decision to open its doors to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for inspection of Iran's new nuclear facilities.
Gul told a press conference at the International Esonboga Airport in Ankara before departing for Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (Azerbaijan), that Turkey had been exerting efforts for a peaceful resolution of the problem between five permanent members of the UN SC plus Germany and Iran.
Gul underlined that Turkey did not want nuclear weapons in the region.
He said however that it was not possible to say Iran possessed nuclear weapons without actual inspection and welcomed Iran's decision to open its doors to IAEA officials to clarify suspicions.
Responding to a question from reporters as to whether Armenian President Serzh Sargsian set "opening of Turkey's borders to Armenia" as a precondition to come to Turkey to watch a FIFA World Cup qualifier between Turkey and Armenia, Gul said: "I went to the qualifying match in Armenia without any preconditions. Sports is fairplay. Sports promotes fairplay. I went to Armenia in this scope. I hope Mr.President will come to Turkey in the same way. If he does we will try to host him as best we can," said Gul.
Turkey last year decided to normalise relations with Armenia.
To this end, as an expression of good will, Gul went to Armenia to watch a FIFA World Cup qualifier between Turkey and Armenia in September 2008.
Later two protocols were initialed about a month ago to normalize the relations between Turkey and Armenia which among other things foresees reciprocal opening of borders between the two countries.
It was claimed in the media that Sargsian was putting forth opening of borders as a prerequisite for coming to Turkey to watch the World Cup qualifier in Turkey on October 14.
The protocols are expected to be signed in Zurich city of Switzerland on October 10. After being signed, the protocols will be submitted to the parliaments of two contries for approval.
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