Turkish Foreign Minister Focuses on Iran in Munich

MUNICH (Today’s Zaman)–Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was in the German city of Munich for an annual international security conference that ended Monday. During his visit, the Turkish diplomat held a series of bilateral talks with counterparts from various countries of key importance to Turkey, the Turkish Today’s Zaman newspaper reported Monday.

According to Zaman, most of Davutoglu’s talks on the sidelines of the conference, which began Friday, apparently focused on global concerns over the nuclear ambitions of Turkey’s neighbor Iran.

The Turkish Foreign Minister met with the new chief of the UN nuclear agency and reiterated Turkey’s support in resolving the global dispute surrounding Iran’s controversial nuclear program, the Anatolia news agency reported. Davutoglu told International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano about his impressions after talks with Iranian officials in Tabriz, which took place in November.

Davutoglu also met with US National Security Advisor James Jones and US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, who arrived in Munich from Yerevan, where last week they met with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian as well as with Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev.

Davutoglu also had talks with: Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, who was in Ankara last week; Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan; NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen; Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union; French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner; and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt.

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