Turkey's PM talks to US, Russia leaders over Iran

Erdogan had a phone talk with the U.S. president over Iran's uranium swap agreement and also talked to Putin of Russia on phone on recent developments.

Turkey's PM talks to US, Russia leaders over Iran

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a phone talk with the U.S. president over Iran's uranium swap agreement and also talked to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia on phone on recent developments on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Erdogan said, "Turkey has advocated from the very beginning that the issue about Iran's nuclear program should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy. The joint declaration signed in Tehran by Turkey, Brazil and Iran is the result of dialogue and diplomacy. It is the result of a difficult process carried out with determination."

Erdogan informed Putin on details of the agreement.

"This is a significant step about establishment of an atmosphere of mutual confidence. I believe that it is also a step for solution of the issue of Iran's nuclear program. Our region and the international community should benefit from this opportunity," he added.

Russian Prime Minister Putin said that they appreciated all efforts by Turkey and Brazil to find a solution about Iran's nuclear program.

Turkey's efforts made significant contributions to diplomacy, he said and added that talks were under way at the UN Security council for a decision about Iran, and that they would take into consideration Turkey's initiatives.

Prime Minister Putin also highlighted importance of cooperation between Turkey and Russia in the region.

"Talks with Obama"

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Barack Obama that Turkey never wanted nuclear weapons in its region, and defined the declaration as an important step in terms of contributing to atmosphere of mutual confidence, Erdogan's office said in a note aired on its web-page.

"The agreement signed by Turkey, Brazil and Iran in Tehran is an important step for solution of the issue through diplomatic means," Erdogan said during the phone talk.

Erdogan defined the agreement as a diplomatic victory, and said Turkey would monitor whether promises made in the agreement would be kept.

"Turkey and the United States should trust and support each other as a strategic, friend and 'model partner' in your words,", Erdogan said.

Also, Obama appreciated Premier Erdogan and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's efforts for a diplomatic solution of the issue, and said they would scrutinize the letter Iran would send to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The U.S. president said Turkey and the United States had cooperated in a real friendship for one and a half years after he had taken office, and welcomed Erdogan's leadership both in Turkey and international arena.

Obama said he could understand Erdogan's wish to solve the issue through diplomatic means, and the United States would continue to cooperate with Turkey in the process.

The U.S. president said he hoped the problem would be solved through diplomacy and within the framework of agreements reached.

Otherwise, they were determined to implement the resolutions the United Nations (UN) Security Council would take regarding Iran, Obama said.

Erdogan and Obama also debated other Middle East issues and international matters during the phone talk.

Under an agreement signed among Turkey, Iran and Brazil in Tehran on Monday, Turkey will be the venue of uranium swap between Iran and and the West.

With the agreement signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, Iran committed to give the 1200kg 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 U.S., France, Russia and International Atomic Energy Agency, in Turkey.

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