Turkish mediation efforts over the Iranian nuclear development programme referred to in the Village-Connections Soap Box blog From Old Emnities to Collaborative Peacemaking? are bearing some fruit. That is according to the Turkish English language newspaper, Today’s Zahman.
This reports that the Turkish Foreign Minister Mr Ahmet Davutoğlu has expressed some optimism following visits to Iran and Brussels.
In Brussels after talks with Mr Davutoğlu, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said she was ready to give direct talks with Iran another chance, while warning that United Nations sanctions against its nuclear programme could be adopted “very rapidly.”
Davutoğlu visits Brussels with ‘proposal’ on Iran row
The article notes that, also liaising with Turkey and Iran is Brazil. Both countries are working on a proposal to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program peacefully. Brazil’s Foreign Minister Mr Celso Amorim Turkey will visit both Iran and Turkey shortly.
The Daily Zahman article also mentions that while the US State Department spokesperson Mr P.J. Crowley expressed strong scepticism about Iran’s serious willingness to engage on the issue, he said the US nonetheless welcomed the constructive efforts by Turkey.
See also the Earthtimes article EU ready to give Iran a chance despite looming sanctions – Summary