Turkey says Iran backs EU talks after Ramadan

The Turkish foreign minister said that Turkey and Brazil had common position and principles on Iran's nuclear program.

Turkey says Iran backs EU talks after Ramadan

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday Iran had expressed willingness to have talks with the European Union about its nuclear programme after the end of the month of Ramadan in early September.

Speaking before a lunch meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and their Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim, Davutoglu said Ankara was trying to revive the international negotiations as soon as possible.

"Mr Mottaki confirmed that he was in favour of the meeting after Ramadan. Obviously that depends on the flow of developments, but nobody is against holding the meeting in principle," Davutoglu said.

He was referring to comments made by Mottaki before his latest visit to Turkey. The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan ends in the first half of September.

"As soon as possible we are trying to start negotiations again between Iran and P5+1 and we will also do our best in order to start the technical negotiations as soon as possible," the Turkish foreign minister added.

"Common position on Iran"

The Turkish foreign minister said that Turkey and Brazil had common position and principles on Iran's nuclear program.

Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey was against proliferation of nuclear weapons.

"However, we believe that every country has to develop nuclear technology within peaceful means and in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," Davutoglu told a joint press conference with his Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim.

Davutoglu and Amorim met at a breakfast at Istanbul's Four Seasons Bosphorus Hotel earlier on Sunday to discuss bilateral relations and developments in the Middle East.

"Turkey and Brazil have done everything in their power in the recent year to solve the issue through diplomatic means, and we will continue to do so," Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu said the two countries aimed to contribute to negotiations between Iran and P5+1 (the permanent five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany).

The Turkish minister said he would have a trilateral meeting with both his Brazilian counterpart Amorim and Iranian counterpart Manuchehr Motaki over luncheon later on Sunday to review recent developments.

"We will discuss resumption of negotiations between Iran and P5+1 as soon as possible, and the beginning of technical negotiations between Iran and the Vienna Group within the framework of the Tehran Agreement," he said.

Under the agreement signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim in Tehran on May 17, Iran committed to give 1,200kg of 3.5% enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20% enriched uranium it will receive from Western countries to be used as fuel in the nuclear research reactor in Tehran.

Tehran will receive the enriched uranium from the Vienna Group, comprising of the United States, France, Russia and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in Turkey.

"Dialogue process with Mercosur"

On bilateral relations with Brazil, Davutoglu said Turkey and Brazil had singificant potential in energy and trade, and defined Turkey's opening to Latin America as an important step for Turkey.

Davutoglu said Turkey wanted to make use of Brazil's experiences and regional influence.

"Turkey is launching a political dialogue process with Mercosur (a regional trade agreement among Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay), and will sign a memorandum of understading," he said.

Davutoglu named Brazil as one of important actors that could contribute to Middle East peace process, and said, therefore Amorim had demanded consultations with Turkey before he visited Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Damascus.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki will join Davutoglu and Amorim over a lunch during which they will discuss ways to resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear program through diplomacy.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Temmuz 2010, 14:47