Erdogan: Turkey-Brazil deal with Iran in line with Obama letter

Erdogan said that certain steps had been taken regarding the uranium swap deal process with Iran, in the light of the letter sent by Obama to Lula and himself.

Erdogan: Turkey-Brazil deal with Iran in line with Obama letter

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that certain steps had been taken regarding the uranium swap deal process with Iran, in the light of the letter sent by U.S. President Barack Obama to Brazilian President Lula da Silva and Erdogan himself.

Replying to questions at the "Charlie Rose Show" aired on the U.S. TV channel PBS on Monday, Erdogan commented on Turkey's role in establishing peace in its region and said that his country had been displaying efforts for the solution of the conflict with Iran through diplomatic means.

Pointing to the letter he received from U.S. President Obama on such matter, a copy of which was also sent to Brazilian President Lula da Silva, Erdogan said certain steps had been taken and Iran had been persuaded on the uranium swap issue based on Obama's letter.

Erdogan said that Iran had also been convinced to send a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency, however, it could receive a response to its letter on the day the sanctions to be imposed on this country were put on debate.

"We are carrying on with our efforts on this issue," Erdogan said.

Noting that Turkey received 10 billion cubicmeters of natural gas from Iran annually, besides, it had a long border with this country, Erdogan said, "Not any other country that is a permanent member of the UN Security Council has such a border with Iran. We cannot break ties with this neighbor of ours".

Erdogan said Turkey also had good relations with Syria and it was ready to play any role for the improvement of this country's relations with USA and the West.

Pointing to UN Security Council's voting a series of sanctions to be imposed on Iran, Erdogan said the partner of the coalition government in Lebanon had desired to vote against the sanctions, however, Turkey had persuaded them to abstain in order to prevent a governmental crisis in this country.

Upon a question on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well, Erdogan said Israel had not still accepted a bi-state structure.

Noting that Turkey had displayed efforts for the security of the Israeli people so far, Erdogan said Turkey had also tried to convince Hamas and managed to bring the issue to a certain level.

"We should do all we can for the security of both Israeli and Palestinian people. We believe this is the responsibility of all of us," Erdogan said.


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