“October Iran-P5+1 talks a test for Turkey’s regional diplomacy”

“October Iran-P5+1 talks a test for Turkey’s regional diplomacy”
September 13-16, 2009
     Upcoming talks between Iran the P5+1 are set to be held in Turkey. The announcement comes after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Iran to meet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other high-ranking officials. Fulya Ozerkan points out that Tehran has not supported Ankara’s long-standing efforts to facilitate talks between Tehran and the West, particularly because channels for talks exist and Tehran doubts that Ankara would be able to prevent a potential US or Israeli attack (Hurriyet). In addition, amidst signs that the US is considering a Middle East missile defense system to contain Iran, Washington’s recent disclosure of a $7.8-billion sale of Patriot defense missiles to Ankara could damage Iran-Turkey relations (Hurriyet (2)).
     In an overview of Davutoglu’s visit to Iran, Saban Kardas outlines Ankara’s efforts to deepen ties with Tehran and potentially secure Iranian gas supplies for the Nabucco project [previously covered here]. The US has objected to Iranian participation in Nabucco and has used sanctions to prevent development of Iran’s vast gas reserves. Citing Ahmadinejad’s anti-Western rhetoric following his meeting with Davutoglu, Kardas argues that unlike Ankara, Tehran views regional cooperation as a means to limit Western involvement in the region (Asia Times).
Hurriyet | Hurriyet (2) | Asia Times

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