Ahad, 9 Mei 2010

Erdogan, Lula to visit Iran together


Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (L) and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R), file photo
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will visit Tehran together to hold talks on Iran's nuclear program.

Lula will arrive in Tehran to attend the Fourteenth Summit of the Group of 15 (G-15) on May 17, Mehr news agency reported.

Meanwhile Erdogan's visit to Iran comes as part of Ankara's efforts to resolve Tehran's nuclear issue through diplomatic means.

Brazil and Iran are members of G-15 which was established at the ninth Non-Aligned Movement Summit Meeting in Belgrade in 1989 with a common goal of enhanced growth and prosperity for its member states.

Some sources have told the Mehr news agency that the Turkish and Brazilian leaders will present Tehran a "joint proposal" on a nuclear fuel swap deal, which the UN has brokered.

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman on Saturday voiced Tehran's readiness to continue talks on the proposed swap deal.

"Turkey and Brazil are among the countries that have proposed solutions and these solutions indicate that it is possible to reach a swap deal and arrive at mutual understanding," Ramin Mehmanparast said.

Under the proposed deal, Iran would send most of its low-enriched uranium abroad for further processing and conversion into fuel rods. The fuel would be used by the Tehran research reactor, which produces radiomedicines for cancer patients.

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