Turkish leaders continue diplomatic efforts over Iran nuclear deal

Erdogan had a telephone conversation with Iranian Ahmadinejad on Sunday as Turkey's minister of foreign affairs held a couple of phone talks regarding Iran's uranium swap.

Turkish leaders continue diplomatic efforts over Iran nuclear deal


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a telephone conversation with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday as Turkey's minister of foreign affairs held a couple of phone talks regarding Iran's uranium swap.

According to a statement aired on the web-page of Prime Ministry Press Center, Erdogan told Ahmadinejad that, "we are on the eve of an important period when you will formally submit the understanding that was revealed with the Joint Declaration to International Atomic Energy Agency. This agreement had a broad repercussion not only in our countries but also in the whole world. Your positive statement contributed to this process," and expressed belief that Iran would make use of this opportunity in the best way.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran accepted all articles of Tehran Declaration, and added that, "we will inform International Atomic Energy Agency about this and we will announce our readiness. We consider this statement as a very big opportunity for all of us. We perceive this new process a new practice in the new world, a new agreement and start of a new atmosphere. I would like to underline that Turkey and Brazil had assumed very important role in Tehran Declaration. "

Iranian President also thanked to Erdogan over his contributions.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu first assessed the latest developments regarding the recently signed uranium swap agreement during a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Manuchehr Motaki.

The two ministers discussed the relevant letter to be sent by Iran to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), diplomatic sources said.

Davutoglu later talked to IAEA's Director General Yukiya Amano on the phone and the two officials also assessed the content of Iran's letter.

Davutoglu asked Amano to display leadership and contribute to the progress of the process as soon as possible, sources said.

Foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Brazil signed a deal on May 17 where Iran committed to give the 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.

The Iranian capital 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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