Among candidates for Iran uranium plan, Turkey urges diplomacy

The Turkish foreign minister underlined importance of purifying the region from nuclear weapons.

Among candidates for Iran uranium plan, Turkey urges diplomacy

The Turkish foreign minister underlined on Wednesday importance of purifying the region from nuclear weapons as Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki considers Iranian uranium enrichment in Turkey possible.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey's policy regarding nuclear program was obvious.

"Turkey believes Iran has equal rights with all other countries to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes," Davutoglu told a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Manuchehr Motaki in Ankara.

Davutoglu and Motaki discussed Iran's nuclear program and other issues concerning the two countries and their region, particularly upcoming elections in Iraq, and developments in Palestine and Afghanistan, in their bilateral meeting.

"Turkey attaches importance to purifying our region from nuclear weapons," Davutoglu also said.

Davutoglu said Turkey was against nuclear weapons whoever developed them and for what reason.

The Turkish foreign minister said the only way to solve all disputed matters should be diplomacy, and Turkey would continue to be in every diplomatic effort.
Davutoglu also said there was a permanent consultancy mechanism and culture between Turkey and Iran.

Turkey and Iran both thought that regional countries should back Afghanistan, Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu defined an "Iran-Afghanistan-Pakistan" trio, besides "Turkey-Pakistan-Afghanistan" trio, as an important initiative for peace.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Davutoglu also said two countries were determined to maintain cooperation on Afghanistan.

"Enriched uranium"

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday Iran was ready to send its enriched uranium abroad in exchange for nuclear fuel

Mottaki said, swapping low-enriched uranium with uranium enriched by 20 percent is a formula which could build confidence.

Tehran's research reactor would need fuel within a year, Mottak said.

Mottaki said, any threat to the security of Iran amounts to a threat to the security of Turkey.

"We have no problem sending our enriched uranium abroad," Ahmadinejad told state television.

"We say: we will give you our 3.5 percent enriched uranium and will get the fuel. It may take 4 to 5 months until we get the fuel.

"If we send our enriched uranium abroad and then they do not give us the 20 percent enriched fuel for our reactor, we are capable of producing it inside Iran," he said.

Motaki said there was a great cooperation in several areas between Turkey and Iran, noting that the two countries had a common point of view regarding security issues in the region.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki had on Tuesday said the uranium could be exchanged in Turkey, Brazil or Japan if agreement is reached.

Earlier on Wednesday, Motaki met Turkish State Minister Cevdet Yilmaz. He is expected to have meetings with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz later in the day.

Also, Turkey-Iran Joint Economic Committee gathered under the co-chairmanship of Turkish State Minister Cevdet Yilmaz and Iranian Foreign Minister Motaki.


Agencies

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