Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Wednesday that Turkey was ready to exert all kind of efforts for a solution to Iran's nuclear issue through diplomacy and dialogue.
President Gul, who recently returned from a four-day formal visit to Iran, told reports in Ankara that he agreed with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to work on a new road map on Iran's nuclear energy program.
"We have come to a decision at our meeting [with Mr. Ahmadinejad]," Gul said.
"We agreed to assign our foreign ministers and Mr. Saeed Jalili [Iran's chief nuclear negotiator] to come together and work on a new road map on nuclear energy. They worked on it for a long time, and works are still underway about this matter. As Turkey, we will continue to exert all facilitating efforts for a solution to this matter through diplomacy and dialogue," he said.
On economic relations, Gul said trade between Turkey and Iran fell behind potential of the two neighboring economies. He said officials of Turkey and Iran agreed during his visit to start talks on a free trade deal instead of preferential trade agreement.
Gul said two senior Turkish officials stayed in Iran to start negotiations with their Iranian counterparts.
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