Turkey asks for Iran declaration for its role in nuclear talks

Erdogan said he would not go to Iran this weekend or Monday to join Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for uranium swap talks.

Turkey asks for Iran declaration for its role in nuclear talks

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday he would not go to Iran this weekend or Monday to join Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for uranium swap talks.

Brazil and Turkey, two non-permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, have offered Iran to mediate for its uranium enrichment dispute. Lula heads to Tehran this weekend to help mediate a standoff over Iran's nuclear program.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said earlier that Erdogan was also expected to be in the Iranian capital on Sunday.

"I have not made any pledges to be in Tehran in such dates. I have earlier said that I could go to Iran but on the same days I have to be in Azerbaijan and Georgia," he said.

"We have expectations about the matter," Erdogan said, adding that Turkey has asked a declaration from Iran for its determination if Turkey was to step in as a mediator on uranium swap.

"Together with Brazil, we just wanted to help this process," he said.

"My foreign minister can go [to Iran] if necessary, or I can go as well. But at the moment I have no plans for such a trip," Erdogan said. "Because so far, Iran has not taken a step on the matter."


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