( Cihan ) - Turkey has stepped in a row between Britain and Iran over 15 British marines held by Iranian officials. Turkish diplomats might be allowed to see British soldiers held by Iran, said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
PM Erdogan made his remarks on Wednesday following his meeting with Iran Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he has been to attend Arab League summit meeting.
Speaking to reporters, Erdogan said that it might be possible for Turkish diplomats to see the 15 British troops. Turkish premier did not give a timeframe. "However, we can expect a positive development on the issue at any moment," Erdogan added.
Turkey, which has close relations with both Britain and neighboring Iran, is in touch with Tehran over the captured troops, Turkish FM Abdullah Gul told reporters on Tuesday.
British Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett, who was on a visit to Turkey, cut short his visit and returned to London because of the soldier row.
On Friday, British Defense Ministry announced that 15 British sailors and marines inspecting a merchant ship in Iraqi waters were seized at gunpoint by personnel aboard Iranian navy ships.
Iran insists that the British soldiers intruded into Iranian waters while Britain defends they were in Iraqi waters when they finished a routine search of a civilian vessel. Iranian officials said the 15 British sailors and marines were being treated well, but refused to say where they were being held.