Turkey hopes to start negotiation over Iran's nuclear issue

Turkey hopes to start negotiation over Iran's nuclear issue

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Sunday he hopes negotiation will start between Iran and the so-called P5+1, the veto-wielding UN powers of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany, Xihnua reported.

"As soon as possible, we hope for talks with P5+1... as well as the Vienna group," said the Turkish foreign minster, referring to the negotiations between Iran and the above mentioned countries over Iran's controversial nuclear program.

The Vienna Group comprises the United States, France, Russia and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Davutoglu made the statement at a press conference shortly after a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim in Istanbul.

"We will do whatever possible to start these talks. We are against nukes but the conflict will be resolved with cooperation," he said.

"The issues must be solved via diplomatic means," he stressed.

Meeting of the two ministers also focused on bilateral relations and developments in the Middle East, said Davutoglu.

The Brazilian foreign minister said, "we gave important contribution to solving the problem. The Tehran agreement is a very important gateway to future negotiations."

"We have been in consultations with many countries. We want to be helpful and want peace and we want a new world order," he said.

Later, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki will join Davutoglu and Amorim in a lunch during which they will discuss ways to resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear program through diplomacy.

In a statement earlier in the day, Turkish Foreign Ministry said Turkey would maintain its facilitator role in efforts for diplomatic solution of Iran's nuclear program controversy, resumption of negotiations between Iran and P5+1, and beginning of technical negotiations with the Vienna Group.

Turkey, Iran and Brazil signed an agreement on May 17, in which Iran committed to give 1,200 kg of its 3.5 percent enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20 percent enriched uranium it will receive from Western countries to be used as fuel in the nuclear research reactor in Tehran. Iran would receive enriched uranium in Turkey from the Vienna Group.

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