Turkey is not disappointed over Iran's decision to accept Brazil as a mediator for its nuclear standoff with the West, Turkish Ambassador to United States said on Thursday.
"Turkey is not in a competition with another country in quest for a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program," Ambassador Namik Tan told reporters in Washington D.C.
"We are not competing with anyone. We are not exerting efforts to gain prestige. If this issue is to be resolved by diplomatic means, we just put our efforts with the one who would achieve it," Tan told reporters during a chat.
On Wednesday, Iran said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad agreed in principle to Brazil's mediation over the nuclear fuel deal.
Iran's nuclear program is one of Turkey's priorities, Tan said, adding that Turkey was already in cooperation with Brazil as two non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.
"Our ultimate goal is to reach a diplomatic solution to this problem," he said. "Our goal is not to engage in a race with anyone and to gain reputation."
Asked if the United States put pressure on Turkey for sanctions against Iran, Tan said Turkey was in talks with all parties.
"Turkey is a regional country, a neighboring country [to Iran], and it is a member of the UN Security Council," he recalled. "We are trying to find a common mind and a common way. We in no way consider such discussions as a pressure."
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