Turkish PM to pay official visit to Brazil next week

13:35, May 21, 2010      

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan will visit Brazil next week and hold talks with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on avoiding sanctions against Iran by the international community.

Lula and Erdogan signed an agreement on Monday with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, in which Iran agreed to ship the bulk of its 3.5 percent low-enriched uranium to Turkey for deposit in exchange for 120 kg of 20 percent high-enriched uranium.

The meeting between Lula and Erdogan will be held amid a debate in the UN Security Council on imposing sanctions against Iran despite the agreement reached in Tehran.

On Wednesday, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu sent a letter to members of the Security Council, asking them to evaluate the nuclear swap deal, for it would pave the way for "beginning a forward-looking process aimed at creating a positive, constructive and non-confrontational atmosphere leading to an era of interaction and cooperation."



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