Reports: US asks Turkey to stop involvement in Iran nuclear crisis

Published July 15th, 2010 - 10:56 GMT

Turkish press reports in Turkey said on Thursday that the U.S. administration had asked Ankara not to interfere in Iran's nuclear file and leave it to the U.N. nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency. Radikal newspaper quoted American sources as saying that the recent telephone call between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday, included a request from Washington to stop Turkey's efforts to find a solution to the crisis between Iran and the West.

According to sources in Ankara, the Turkish minister confirmed Clinton's request. However, sources at the Turkish Foreign Ministry conveyed that Davutoglu did not agree to this American demand. According to them, the Turkish minister told Clinton that "a dialogue between Turkey and Iran would not stop. We will do everything required to cement neighborly relations. At the same time, we are committed to the UN Security Council resolutions. "


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