Ankara wants to remove tension between Iran and West: FM
Turkey tries to ensure that the tensions between Iran and allies of Ankara are removed, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davudoglu told reporters, CNN Turk television channel reported.
Davudoglu said that Turkey was interested that the tensions between such an important neighbor of Ankara as Iran and its western allies, caused by the Iranian nuclear program, are removed. It is also connected with the fact that Ankara wants to cleanse the region from the nuclear weapons, Davudoglu added.
The statement of the Turkish Foreign Ministry was made after the EU High Commissioner for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana stated that the discussions between Iran and the countries of the Six on Tehran's nuclear program will begin on October 1 in Turkey.
Up to now, the five permanent members of UN Security Council and Germany (5 +1 country) have twice presented to Iran a package of proposals. The West is concerned over Iran's nuclear program. In order to begin negotiations with the countries of "5 +1", Obama has given Iran time until the end of September. Otherwise, new economic and political sanctions will me adopted against Tehran.
The UN Security Council adopted five resolutions on Iran, three of which imposing sanctions.
According to Davudoglu, Turkey has stated to both sides, Iran and the West, that it is ready to render any assistance in resolving issues of talks of Tehran with the EU and the U.S. over nuclear program.
Regarding the upcoming meeting in Turkey, Davudoglu said that he discussed it with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Motakki and Head of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani, as well as Javier Solana and Foreign Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt, whose country chairs the EU. Davudoglu intends to discuss the details of future meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State and Foreign Minister of France.