Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu says the ground for diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear impasse is firm enough to proceed and also confirms Turkey has come up with multiple proposals for a peaceful resolution of the problem. Turkish diplomacy is hitting top gear as Ankara plans to share its impressions on the Iranian talks with Washington and other Western states
Following intensive diplomatic talks with Iranian leaders in an attempt to reduce the tension over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program, Turkey is focusing its efforts on relaying its impressions to Washington and other Western actors.
“There is strong ground for diplomacy and we believe we can proceed on that ground,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told a group of reporters Thursday.
Davutoğlu said he spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the phone late Wednesday and also has plans to hold talks with Jim Jones, U.S. President Barack Obama’s national security adviser.
Diplomatic sources, however, said the basic review of Davutoğlu’s contacts in Tehran would be made during a planned telephone conversation between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Obama.
“The prime minister could speak with Obama. We are planning the steps to be taken. The room for maneuvering has expanded,” said Davutoğlu.
Erdoğan and Obama are scheduled to talk on either Thursday or Friday but the pair had not yet spoken as the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review went to print late Thursday.