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News number: 8808181638

18:20 | 2009-11-09

Nuclear

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Turkish President Supports Diplomatic Solution to Iran's N. Issue

TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Monday reiterated his country's support for resolving Iran's nuclear issue through diplomatic channels.



Gul made the remarks while addressing the inaugural session of the Economic Summit of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), kicked off in Istanbul on Monday.

Iran-Turkey relations are based on the policy of non-interference in domestic affairs of each other country, good neighborhood and security cooperation, he added.

President Gul further voiced Ankara's interest to bolster all-out ties, particularly economic and trade relations, with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Regarding Iran's peaceful nuclear program, he said that Turkey has always reiterated that the issue would be resolved through negotiations and diplomatic channels.

Gul further noted that Ankara supports the process of Iran-Group 5+1 talks under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Turkish president termed the beginning of direct talks between Iran and members of the Group 5+1 as a positive development and expressed hope that the talks would be fruitful.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, heading a delegation, arrived in Istanbul on Sunday to attend the COMCEC Summit and review expansion of bilateral cooperation with senior Turkish officials on the sidelines of the event.