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U.S. appreciates Turkish role at nuclear talks with Iran: Turkish FM

07-15-2010 10:54 BJT

LISBON, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Dovutoglu on Thursday rejected reports which said the United States wanted Turkey to stay away from the nuclear negotiations with Iran.

"I saw the State Department statement and there is no such a thing in it. In the telephone call with Mrs. Clinton she appreciated the Turkish role and said this process should continue in the Security Council," the minister said in Lisbon.

"There is no such a reference that Turkey should not be in the process," he said.

At a joint press conference after meeting with his Portuguese counterpart Luis Amado, Dovutoglu said the aim of the tripartite talks with Iran, in which Brazil also took part, was to ease the work of the IAEA.

A senior U.S. official was quoted by American media as saying U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had asked Dovutoglu in a 45-minute telephone conversation Monday to leave the Iranian nuclear issue to UN Security Council powers and the IAEA.

On the case of the Turkish ship attacked by Israeli troops on the way to Gaza in late May, he demanded explanation from Israel.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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