Turkey's FM favors more Iran talks despite West sanctions

Responding to a question over a possible role for Turkish troops in controlling Gaza border crossings, Davutoglu said no such proposal was on the table at this time.

Turkey's FM favors more Iran talks despite West sanctions

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday that Turkey attached great importance to the continuation of efforts to find a diplomatic settlement to the row over Tehran's nuclear program despite a UN Security Council resolution that allowed for imposing sanctions on Iran.

"It is of utmost importance that the door for negotiations remains open even if the Security Council had passed the resolution. We were in contact with Tehran as we said 'No' to the resolution. And Iran did not shut the door on diplomacy either," Davutoglu told a joint press conference with his Senegalese counterpart Madicke Niang in the Turkish capital,
Ankara.

Davutoglu said he had held separate phone conversations with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and French president's top foreign affairs aide, who he said had both asked Turkey to continue negotiations with Iran under the terms of a nuclear swap deal Tehran had signed with Turkey and Brazil.

Responding to a question over a possible role for Turkish troops in controlling Gaza border crossings, Davutoglu said no such proposal was on the table at this time.

Niang said on his part that his country supported the leadership role that Turkey assumed in the Muslim world, adding that Senegal also joined in the Turkey's call for an international investigation into a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last month that killed nine Turkish nationals.

"This attack has been staged not only on Turkey but on the free world as well. We believe that in solidarity we can break down the chains and stood against injustice and aggression together," Niang said.


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