Ankara Steps in for Iran

( - Turkey is stepping in once again in efforts to overcome Iran's nuclear crisis.

Parallel to the US' conditional "proposal for direct talks" and the meeting in Vienna held by UN Security Council's five permanent members, Ankara launched intensive efforts to contribute to "solving the problem by diplomatic ways."

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, after speaking with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice twice in the past 24 hours with, suggested to his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki, "Do not say 'no' immediately, take advantage of the opportunity in the best way."

Ankara, hopeful that the problem may be solved without the use of military force, also warned Tehran that the US may request the UN Security Council pass heavy sanctions against Iran in the event they refuse to negotiate, reports Trend.

Guls conference call with Rice and Mottaki was held prior to and immediately following the meeting in Vienna. Before Rice announced her proposal for direct talks with Iran, Gul provided detailed information on this issue. At the same time the Turkish FM also handled the issue in Ankara with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Rice called Gul once again after the meeting, and the Iranian Foreign Minister also spoke with Gul by phone.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, coming to Ankara via Vienna for an official state visit, gave Gul detailed information about the package, the contents of which are being kept confidential for the moment.

"It is now time to act in a cool-headed way. There are new opportunities," Gul said after concluding these contacts, adding that a diplomatic solution can be found for the problem.

Ankara assessed the US' latest opening as "Iran and the West use different rhetoric in their statements and approaches. The US, with its opening, gives the appearance that it is doing all it can for Iran. This opportunity should not be missed. However, if no solution is reached after this opening, the US may resort to different methods with the UN Security Council. The next steps should be carefully considered in this frame."

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier speaking on the issue in Ankara said he thinks the proposal will be seriously considered by Iran.

Rice Urges Prompt Response from Iran

Following the United Nations (UN) Security Councils permanent members and Germanys agreement on the international package of rewards designed to encourage Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, Tehran is expected to respond.

US State Secretary Condoleezza Rice said Tehran is on the edge of an inevitable decision and added "It really needs to be within weeks."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said "Tehran will not face a deadline to respond to the six nation proposal." Lavrov also noted that the package does not include the use of a military force. The package, which includes alternative formulas for Iran for its nuclear fuel demands, commercial privileges like World Trade Organization membership and security guarantees, has a meaning of "continue" or "quit" for Iran.

If Tehran accepts the rewards package the process in the UN Security Council will be suspended. If it rejects this, the process entailing economic sanctions will continue. Iranian Atomic Energy Agency Vice President Mohammed Saidi offered the only response from Iran yesterday, saying they will continue to enrich uranium.

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Uzbekistan plans to exempt import and sale of meat products from VAT
Uzbekistan plans to exempt import and sale of meat products from VAT
Uzbekistan to produce its first electric cars
Uzbekistan to produce its first electric cars
Turkey's steel export to Uzbekistan surges in value for 9M2021
Turkey's steel export to Uzbekistan surges in value for 9M2021
Loading Bars
Turkmenistan starts rice harvest in Dashoguz region
Azerbaijan supports all int’l efforts to ensure transparency in extractive industries – minister
Refining activity of Iran's Fajr Jam Gas Refining Company soars
Iran’s Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Corporation sets new record
Azerbaijan's defense minister visits newly established commando military unit (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Iran’s PMO declares data on load/unload operations in Jask Port
Iran intends to increase exports through Astara
Turkey reveals cargo traffic via its ports from Portugal for 8M2021
Exports of Iran to Kyrgyzstan booming
President Ilham Aliyev receives Croatia's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on October 20
President Ilham Aliyev expresses condolences to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price rebounds
Azerbaijan transfers captured Armenian servicemen back to Armenia
Uzbekistan plans to exempt import and sale of meat products from VAT
Turkey shares data on maritime cargo shipment with Russia for 8M2021
Azerbaijan shares data on oil transported via BTC pipeline in 9M2021
USAID to provide additional funds for Kazakhstan to fight COVID-19
Turkey announces data on cargo traffic with Italy for 8M2021
Kazakhstan imposes export restrictions for some timber types
Azerbaijan names locations of future national parks in liberated territories
Azerbaijan demands certain steps from Armenia at UN International Court of Justice
Iran’s 9M2021 Turkish cement imports up
Iran to host meeting on economic co-op with Turkmenistan
Georgian foreign trade turnover increases
Iran increases petrochemicals production
Kazakhstan sees increase in number of open trading accounts
​Iran allocates more funds for oil and gas projects in Ilam Province
Turkey unveils data on cargo traffic via its ports from Spain
Georgia's domestic export up in 9M2021
Value of Turkish cement exports to Georgia for 8M2021 down
Turkey shares data on cargo traffic with Greece for 8M2021
Turkey reveals cargo volume handled from Egypt in 8M2021
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
Azerbaijan confirms 2,102 more COVID-19 cases, 863 recoveries
Cargo traffic on Azerbaijan's section of TRACECA for 8M2021 revealed
IMF lowers breakeven oil price level for Azerbaijan
Saudi index hits 15-year peak as most Gulf bourses gain
Israel's Bank Mizrahi Tefahot to issue $1.1 bln of CPI-linked bonds
Iran seeks to complete semi-finished project related to Lake Urmia's revitalization
Iran imports trucks to renovate transportation fleet
IMF revises up forecasts for Azerbaijan’s non-oil GDP growth
Iran`s domestic appliances production increases
IMF reveals forecast for Azerbaijan’s annual inflation
Iran's imports from neighboring countries up
Turkey discloses volume of cargo shipment via its ports from Singapore for 8M2021
Hungarian companies to attend Rebuild Karabakh EXPO
Azerbaijan raises gas exports via BTE pipeline
IMF predicts growth for Azerbaijan's GDP
Azerbaijani ministry denies rumors about full transition of schools to online lessons
Slovakia interested in deepening relations with Azerbaijan - FM
Turkey reveals cargo traffic with Morocco for 8M2021
Data on cargo shipping between Turkey and Algeria for 8M2021 revealed
Turkey shares data on cargo traffic with Israel for 8M2021
TAP partially stems increase in gas prices – managing director
Iran to sell oil through private sector
Iran started exploration of mining sites in South Khorasan Province
Minister talks preferential loans issued in Azerbaijan since early 2021
Bakcell will be ready to implement eSIM project in Azerbaijan
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for October 19
Iran's steel production increases
Iran eyes to boost domestic production in mining, industrial and commercial sectors
AccessBank eyes increasing loan portfolio mainly in segment of micro, agricultural entrepreneurs - Acting Chairman of Board (Interview)
National bank of Georgia shares data on payment cards issuance
Average mobile internet download speed continues to grow in Azerbaijan - Ookla
Galt & Taggart publishes overview of Georgia's economic growth
USAID selecting Turkmen business projects for co-financing
Eni Turkmenistan Ltd opens tender for supply of wellhead equipment
Azerbaijan exported most of its oil to Italy in 9M2021 - State Customs Committee
Iran ready to attract investment in renewable energy sector - minister
Azerbaijan - supporter of normalization of relations with Armenia, says FM
Azerbaijan, Slovakia eye signing agreement on economic co-op
Slovakia to supply Azerbaijan with de-mining machines in near future
Azerbaijan denies rumors about impeding exports from Iran to Russia
Iran Standards and Quality Inspection Agency releases car quality report
Iran to complete railway transit corridors - RAI
Baku Expo Center to soon open 'Rebuild Karabakh' exhibition
Joint press conference of Azerbaijani and Slovak FMs held in Baku (PHOTO/VIDEO)
VTB Bank in Georgia to back up creation of Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Center
Uzbekistan to produce its first electric cars
Turkey's steel export to Uzbekistan surges in value for 9M2021
Turkey shares data for cargo traffic via domestic ports from Ukraine in 8M2021
Azerbaijani, Slovak FMs holding expanded meeting (PHOTO)
Turkmen state concern to buy chemical products via tender
Azerbaijan’s 'Kalbajar' tanker leaves for first voyage
Renewables’ share in global energy supply to increase to over 25%
Georgia shares data on COVID-19 cases for October 19
Iran discloses volume of exports from Parvizkhan border terminal
PwC announces new strategy: The New Equation
India’s active Covid cases fall below 200k for the first time in seven months
Russia’s investments in US government securities in August remain at July level
Death accident takes place during construction of road in Azerbaijan's Kalbajar
Quake off Greece's Karpathos shakes eastern Mediterranean
Renewable Energy Agency talks on projects in Azerbaijan’s liberated lands
Israel's El Al Airlines starts talks to buy smaller rival Arkia
NEQSOL Holding ​comments on its intent to purchase shares in Ukraine’s largest cement producer
Azerbaijani president receives Slovak FM (PHOTO)
Azerbaijani president receives EU Special Representative (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Iran COVID-19 vaccinations on track - President Raisi
Iran continues to sell state-owned property
All news