Davutoglu says no crisis between Turkey, US over Iran deal

Davutoglu said Tuesday that last week's phone conversation between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama was not tense.

Davutoglu says no crisis between Turkey, US over Iran deal

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Tuesday that last week's phone conversation between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama was not tense.

Davutoglu said that Obama did not give any messages to Erdogan that Turkey's stance regarding uranium swap with Iran harmed U.S. efforts on the matter. He said the phone conversation was, on the contrary, a constructive chat.

On May 20, Obama spoke with Erdogan by phone to discuss Iran's nuclear program. Some media reports claimed that it was a "tense conversation."

A White House statement had said, "Obama acknowledged the efforts of Turkey and Brazil and noted that the United States and the international community await a formal and authoritative message from Iran to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The President stressed the international community's continuing and fundamental concerns about Iran's overall nuclear program as well as Iran's failure to live up to its international obligations."

"I want to be clear and say this to national and international media. Attempts to create a crisis between Turkey and the United States will fail," Davutoglu told a press conference after the opening of a UN conference on Israeli-Palestinian peace.

"There is a diplomatic success achieved by Turkey and Brazil. This success is built on engagement policies followed by the U.S. President. It has to be considered as a whole. If Mr. Obama had not been involved in engagement policy with Iran, it would not be possible to carry out a proper diplomacy," he said.

"This is not a success achieved by only Turkey. We consider it an achievement of Mr. Obama's engagement policy."

Foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Brazil signed a deal on Monday where Iran committed to give the 1200 kg of 3.5 percent enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20 percent enriched uranium it will receive from Western countries to be used as fuel in the nuclear research reactor in Tehran. Tehran will receive the enriched uranium from the Vienna Group, comprising of the U.S., France, Russia and International Atomic Energy Agency, in Turkey.


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