Turkish PM Erdogan
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Turkish PM urges Obama not to reject Iran deal

Erdogan tells president Turkish-mediated deal 'presents important opportunity to solve issue through diplomatic means'

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged US President Barack Obama not to dismiss a nuclear fuel swap deal sealed with Iran and to give diplomacy a chance, his press office said Friday.


Erdogan's call came after Washington submitted a United Nations resolution calling for a new round of sanctions against Iran, describing the fuel swap deal as insufficient.


In a letter to Obama, Erdogan said the agreement didn't solve the issue of Iran's nuclear program, "but presented an important opportunity to solve the issue through diplomatic means," a brief statement said.


The deal - forged by Turkey and Brazil, both non-permanent members of the UN Security Council - commits Iran to sending about half of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in return for nuclear fuel for a Tehran reactor.


In a telephone call with Erdogan on Tuesday, Obama acknowledged the deal, but said Washington would continue to press for UN sanctions, citing the international community's continuing concerns on Iran's nuclear program.


פרסום ראשון: 05.21.10, 18:36
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