Saturday, June 24, 2006

Turkish FM to visit Iran for peaceful nuke solution

Peoples Daily Online:
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will pay a visit to Iran on Saturday to facilitate the peaceful solution to Iran's nuclear issue, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported Friday.

Gul would relay a message from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Tehran, aimed at getting Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment activities, Turkish diplomatic sources was quoted as saying. READ MORE

During his visit, Gul would meet with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani and former president Hashimi Rafsanjani, according to the sources.

It would be an important visit, Gul said, adding that efforts would be underway to contribute to the peaceful solution of the problem pertaining to Iran's nuclear program.

Tehran is studying an international package of incentives made by five permanent members of the United Nation Security Council plus Germany and has yet to formally respond to the offer.

The offer, details of which have not been made public, was presented to Iran by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday that his country is ready to enter talks with European countries without any preconditions.

President Ahmadinejad revealed Wednesday that Iran would formally respond to the six-nation package to resolve the nuclear dispute in mid-August.