World Bulletin / News Desk
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey and Brazil will stand behind the agreement they signed with Iran, calling on international community to back the deal.
Erdogan and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva held a press conference in Brasilia after holding tete-a-tete meeting and chairing meetings between delegations of the two countries, Andolu news agency said.
Erdogan and Brazilian President said, that Western powers were aggravating the conflict with Iran and had failed to negotiate in good faith.
Lula da Silva, who reacted to the criticisms of the international community, said "If we have achieved what the International Atomic Energy Agency has asked for, if the agreement is very close to the letter we received from the Security Council and from the agency, then why not accept it? It is necessary for the international community to decide now what they want to achieve, peace or conflict?”
Lula, who noted that IAEA should carefully read Iran’s letter and wait for imposing sanctions, said, “problems can be solved through dialogue instead of conflict. We have managed to achieve what other countries have been trying to do for 30 years".
The deal is an opportunity that should not be wasted, Lula said.
"A step for world peace"
The moment is not right to discuss sanctions against Iran, because a step has been taken, Erdogan said.
"We signed an important agreement regarding Iran's nuclear program in Tehran. Mr. Lula and I spoke with authorities from several countries by phone and I also sent letters to 26 countries," he said.
"We attach a great importance to support by the international community. It is of great importance for world peace. We don't want nuclear weapons to proliferate. We want to prevent it," Erdogan said.
Iranian government said they were making the investment only with peaceful purposes and it was confirmed with the final declaration, he said.
Erdogan said the nuclear swap deal was signed by foreign ministers of Turkey, Brazil and Iran, and an important process has begun. "We have taken this step for the world peace," he said.
"Iran in favor of dialogue"
Brazilian President said that Iran has been fulfilling what has been agreed by Turkey, Brazil and Iran.
Turkey was a country playing the role of bridge between Europe and Asia and the two countries had friendly ties, Lula said.
Brazil was eager for a world free from nuclear weapons and there was need for a radical changes in the world, he said.
Lula said some considered that Iran was not in favor of dialogue and the country did not keep its promises. Lula said Turkey and Brazil wanted to explain the importance of sitting at the table and dialogue to Iranian government.
Lula da Silva said that Iran has been fulfilling what has been agreed by Turkey, Brazil and Iran, noting that the issue of sanctions against Iran could wait now.
International Atomic Energy Agency should read, examine and discuss the letter from Iran and there was need for a dialogue, he said.
Lula said he would like to thank Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan for his cooperation and solidarity.
Erdogan said he appreciated Mr. Lula's efforts and leadership, adding that Brazilian people should be proud of their President Lula.
However, in Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is pressing the U.N. Security Council pass a new round of sanctions on Iran, is still not constructive to the peace efforts by Turkey, Brazil.
"We think buying time for Iran, enabling Iran to avoid international unity with respect to their nuclear program, makes the world more dangerous not less," she said in a speech at the Brookings Institution, a think tank, according to Reuters news agency.
"Certainly we have very serious disagreements with Brazil's diplomacy vis-a-vis Iran," she added.
The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, including Russia and China which have previously rejected such action, have agreed on a draft resolution to impose new sanctions on Tehran.
Moscow's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed frustration over the failure of its efforts to resolve the nuclear issue.
"To our great regret, during years -- not just months -- Iran's response to these efforts has been unsatisfactory, mildly speaking," Lavrov said.
But he said the Turkey-Brazil-Iran deal would be an important breakthrough if implemented and later telephoned Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and "pledged active cooperation in pushing forward the negotiation process," a Russian government statement said.
Before the press conference, some agreements, particularly the strategic partnership action plan was signed.
Regarding Turkish-Brazilian relations, Erdogan said one year ago flights began from Turkey to Sao Paulo started and it created an important activity in the tourism sector. 55 thousand Brazilians visited Turkey and 15 thousand Turkish people visited Brazil after that, he said.
Trade volume between Turkey and Brazil amounted to 2 billion U.S. dollars in 2008 and it decreased to 1.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2009 and this figure should be increased, he said.
Turkish and Brazilian authorities signed memorandums of understanding on prevention of double taxation, cooperation in customs, strategic action plan, and cooperation in the agriculture sector.