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Turkey`s PM to join nuclear talks in Iran

Turkey is non-permanent UNSC member and has so far resisted Iran sanctions.



Ankara: Turkey`s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he has postponed a visit to Azerbaijan in order to be able to attend talks on Iran`s disputed nuclear programme in Tehran.

The Prime Minister was due to travel to Azerbaijan on Monday, Turkey`s Anatolia news agency said.

Erdogan said as late as Friday he was unlikely to join Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on the trip because of Iran`s failure to confirm a commitment to a UN-brokered deal backed by world powers. Davutoglu was due to travel on Sunday, a Turkish diplomatic source said.

Iran had invited Turkey for talks to coincide with the visit of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a Turkish diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Lula was in Tehran on Sunday for a non-aligned summit that the United States and Russia have said might offer Iran`s last chance to avoid tough new UN sanctions.

Turkey and Brazil are both non-permanent members of the UN Security Council and have so far resisted US-led efforts to push through a fourth package of sanctions over Iran`s failure to heed repeated ultimatums to suspend its sensitive uranium enrichment activities.

PTI

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