Turkey to abide by UN sanctions against Iran: FM

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Turkey will abide by the UN Security Council sanctions against Iran if they are binding, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said here Sunday.

Davutoglu made the statement shortly after a meeting with his Brazilian and Iranian counterparts Celso Amorim and Manouchehr Mottaki in Istanbul.

The Turkish foreign minister said Turkey would make all contributions to talks between Iran and EU on Iran's nuclear issue.

He suggested Istanbul as a venue for the negotiation to resolve controversies over Iran's nuclear program through diplomacy.

At a joint press conference with Amorim before their meeting with Mottaki, Davutoglu said what they were doing was laying the groundwork for talks between Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

He said that Turkey was trying to help launch international talks as soon as possible. "If there is a problem, parties must discuss it," he said.

In May, Turkey and Brazil signed a uranium swap deal with Iran under which Iran committed to give 1,200 kg of low enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20-percent enriched uranium it will receive from Western countries to be used as fuel in the nuclear research reactor in Tehran.

Iran agreed to receive the enriched uranium in Turkey from the Vienna Group, comprising of the United States, France, Russia and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

However, the deal failed to prevent fresh UN sanctions against Iran.

Source: Xinhua

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