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British Foreign Secretary William Hague, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius attend a statement on early November 24, 2013 in Geneva. AFP Photo

British Foreign Secretary William Hague, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius attend a statement on early November 24, 2013 in Geneva. AFP Photo

Turkey has welcomed the deal reached between P5+1 countries and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program and reiterated its endorsement of the process, recalling its earlier efforts for a diplomatic solution to the question.

“I welcome today’s agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. I have been advocating a solution through diplomacy and we hosted many diplomatic efforts in Turkey to this end,” Turkish President Abdullah Gül said through his twitter account on Nov. 24. “This is a major step forward. I hope it’ll be sealed with a final agreement soon. I congratulate all parties for their constructive engagement.”

The Foreign Ministry also welcomed the deal and congratulated Iran and P5+1 countries, recalling that the deal reached in Geneva was the first concrete development with regard to the nuclear problem since the Tehran Declaration initiated by Turkish and Brazilian mediation in 2010. “By all means, the said deal constitutes the very beginning of the process and short-term confidence building measures,” it read.

Efforts carried out in 2010 by Turkey and Brazil for a diplomatic solution remained futile as the United States did not endorse the move although it earlier gave a green light to both countries to initiate what they called “the swap deal.”

Ankara called on parties to carry on their constructive approaches to move the process forward with hopes that this issue will be fully resolved diplomatically in a way to satisfy relevant parties. “Turkey, which made every effort to keep the diplomatic process alive for the solution of the problem, is ready to provide every kind of support,” it stressed.

The ministry repeated that Turkey would continue to defend countries’ rights to peaceful use of nuclear energy on the condition of full compliance with the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) and to endorse endeavors to clear the Middle East of all kinds of weapons of mass destruction.
HH Easing sanctions to Turkey’s advantage

In a statement hours before the deal was reached, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said it was Turkey who wanted the deal more than any other country. “This deal would help defuse the tension in our region and establish a new workforce in the international arena,” he added.

Turkey’s economic relations with Iran have suffered due to sanctions imposed on its oil-rich neighbor. With the easing of these sanctions, Ankara believes the two countries could increase the trade volume and pave the way for fresh energy projects.

Davutoğlu to go to Iran

In the meantime, Davutoğlu will travel to Tehran tomorrow to attend the Economic Cooperation Organization, set for Nov. 26 and 27. Davutoğlu is expected to meet with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the meeting.

November/24/2013

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alkan alkan

11/25/2013 11:06:07 AM

Abdallah + Davut: who cares whether you endorse it or not? Your prestige and influence are at zero point !

Turk

11/25/2013 10:49:26 AM

Well said ilker.. T. Franklin, talk about exaggeration in comparing Iran to Nazi Germany. Ironically the only nation which could be compared today is Israel itself with it's bullying tactics, illegal expansion of occupied territory and constant threats against Iran. I guess it was easier when Ahmadinejad was in power but now that a more moderate leader has taken the lead no doubt Israel will continuously work hard in plotting and scheming with the wretched war party in America..

Pawel Bury

11/25/2013 10:15:11 AM

The one and only winner on this is Russia. It was Russia against all as it is the case in ME for the last 4 years and these guys seem to win in every issue. Egypt, Syria, Iran. Turkey is heavily exposed by its zero problems policy. They wanted a war in Syria, they wanted brotherhood in Egypt, they wanted Israeli's power downgraded... nothing happened. Now they want to reduce Kurdish influence. It won't happen again.

Rick T.

11/25/2013 9:50:15 AM

To T. Franklin You stupid man, William Hague is the British Foreign Minister, NOT the Prime Minister, that is Cameron. Secondly Geneva is in Switzerland not Germany. Get your facts rigt! If your history is as bad as geography and political knowledge, you'd better refrain from commenting.

Pawel Bury

11/25/2013 9:11:34 AM

“I welcome today’s agreement on Iran’s nuclear program". Sorry but who asked you?

ilker avni

11/24/2013 11:01:26 PM

This is allso a victory for Turkey,trade can now get back on track,the trade volume lost was around 20 billion,Iran and Turkey wanted to increase to 30 billion before sanctions were passed by america,The main losers are the warmongers like Israel,who in the end mattered not, to the super powers.I hope the Iranian show their gratitute to Turkey and its support of Iranian rights from the begining.Lets hope Turkey and Iran can unite the Islamic world, to a peacefull outcome and show we can unite.

Blue Beyond

11/24/2013 8:43:49 PM

Score a big victory for Iran. They have rolled events back to the start line of a decade ago but this time they begin with 18,000 centrifuges instead of 100 and, according to Zarif, the inalienable right to enrich uranium. That's not what Kerry has stated. There will be another ten years of negotiating that discrepancy except that Iran will have bombs and delivery systems long before. How can that be good for Turkey...or any other state? Obama's motives are perverse. Turkish policy is mistaken.

T. Franklin

11/24/2013 7:55:32 PM

My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor. I believe it is "peace for our time." GO HOME AND GET A NICE QUIET SLEEP." - Neville Chamberlain, September 30, 1938
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