Turkey important player in Iran issue: Obama

09:37, December 08, 2009      

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Turkey can play an important role in nudging Iran towards a resolution to its nuclear issue, U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday after meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Obama said the resolution should allow Iran "to pursue peaceful nuclear energy, but provides assurances that it will abide by international rules and norms."

"I believe that Turkey can be an important player in trying to move Iran in that direction," Obama said.

Erdogan, who showed alongside Obama in a brief appearance, said his government would back a peaceful resolution to the issue.

Turkey, a NATO member, has defended Iran's nuclear program before. Erdogan has decried "arrogant" sanctions imposed on Iran, and said countries opposed to its atomic program should forsake their own nuclear arms.

Iran has said its nuclear program is meant for peaceful purpose, but the United States and other Western powers are skeptic.

Source: Xinhua
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