FM: Turkey hosts negotiations on Iran, but not involved in them
Turkey intends to receive the 'Six' and Iran as the host country for talks on Iran's nuclear program, rather than act as a mediator, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quote as saying by Cihan.
He said Turkey's mediation and involvement in he signing of the Tehran Agreement took place on the IAEA's proposal.
time, Ankara was asked to host the parties involved in negotiations on its territory, which Turkey plans to do, Davutoglu said.
If desired, the Turkish side is ready to act as a mediator also.
Another round of talks on the Iranian nuclear issue ended in Geneva on Dec.6-7. Deputy foreign ministers of Russia, the United States, Great Britain, China, France, Germany and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton attended the talks.
The result of talks was an agreement to continue the consultations in late January in Istanbul.
The tripartite agreement on the exchange of uranium was reached May 17 between Iran, Turkey and Brazil. The foreign ministers of these countries signed a draft agreement for the exchange of Tehran's low-enriched uranium (up to 3.5 percent) for highly enriched uranium (up to 20 percent) for the Tehran research reactor. According to the document, the exchange will be made on Turkish territory. Under the agreement, Iran is ready to deliver 1.2 tons of low enriched uranium to Turkey to get 120 kilograms of nuclear fuel.