Brazilian, Turkish leaders to discuss Iran nuclear issue

12:16, May 27, 2010      

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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will discuss some "unresolved issues" concerning Iran, the president's spokesman said Wednesday.

According to Marcelo Baumbach, the two leaders will meet to discuss what can be done to avoid sanctions against Iran.

Erdogan has arrived in Sao Paulo for a five-day visit to Brazil. He will meet with Lula on Thursday.

Lula on Tuesday sent messages to his U.S., Russian and French counterparts, stressing that Iran has done its share of the agreement on uranium swap by informing the International Atomic Energy Agency about the details, said the spokesman.

The spokesman added that Lula has sent letters this week to the Union of South American Nations and Mexico, which in June will take the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council, to report on the subject.

On May 17, Iran signed a nuclear fuel swap agreement with Turkey and Brazil, under which Iran agreed to deposit 1,200 kg of its 3.5 percent low-enriched uranium in Turkey in exchange for 120 kg of 20 percent high-enriched uranium.

Baumbach said while further sanctions against Iran still need to be defined, Brazil insists on settling the Iranian nuclear issue through negotiations.

"The decision on the application of sanctions should still take a while, and so it appears. During this period, Brazil will keep on promoting dialogue and preventing the door, which was opened with the declaration of Iran, from closing," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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