Turkey favores diplomatic ways to be open with Iran

The Turkish president said that Turkey favored diplomatic channels to be open with Iran.

Turkey favores diplomatic ways to be open with Iran

 

The Turkish president said on Friday that Turkey favored diplomatic channels to be open with Iran.

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul defined Iran as Turkey's neighbor, and said Turkey wanted diplomatic channels to be open with Iran.

"After the voting, even U.S. President Barack Obama said there was still a chance for diplomacy thanks to initiatives of Turkey and Brazil," Gul told an exclusive interview with the French Le Monde newspaper.

The interview will take place on Saturday's edition of Le Monde. Gul assessed the recent United Nations (UN) resolution on Iran and the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla during the interview.

Gul said Turkey had always helped the Jews who took shelter in its territories throughout the history, and gave the Jews who came to Turkey's territories after the Spanish Inquisition and the Jews who fled to Turkey after the World War II as an example.

President Gul said it was not possible to forget and forgive the attack, but gave the message that Turkey could forgive if Israel apologized, launched initiatives to pay a sort of compensation, allow an independent investigation, or lift the blockade on Gaza.

"Everything is possible," Gul said when asked if Turkey could cut relations with Israel if this country did not launch any initiatives.

Gul also referred to Turkey's European Union (EU) full membership negotiations during the interview, and said Turkey should fulfil required criteria before criticizing the union.

President Gul also said the EU could see the facts more clearly if it looked through a strategic perspective.

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