Turkey supports ‘historical’ Iran nuclear deal

Turkish foreign ministry declares support for ‘historical’ nuclear deal between Iran and P5+1 countries, calls on Iran to change its sectarian policies in Middle East

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has welcomed the historical decision of Iran and the P5+1 countries to sign a nuclear agreement aiming to curb Tehran’s efforts to build a bomb in return for sanctions relief for the country.

The foreign minister also called on Iran to change its sectarian policies in the Mİddle East in parallel to the nuclear deal.

“Enforcing and preserving the deal would contribute to the stability of the region and will directly affect Turkey. Lifting the embargoes will also help develop the economics of our region,” Cavusoglu said on Tuesday, speaking in a joint press conference with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari at the ministry following their meeting in Ankara.

Jaafari also welcomed the agreement, saying that the conditions of the deal should be implemented in order to secure regional stability.

Cavusoglu meanwhile emphasised that “Iran should particularly review its political roles in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen and shall play a constructive and positive role. We have to renounce politics based on sectarian differences.”

“We need to pay attention to political dialogue in order to contribute to the resolution of these issues. We expect this behaviour from our brother Iran,” he added.

Turkish Foreign Ministry has also issued a statement saying that, “We celebrate the sides for their efforts which make the deal possible, and give importance that the agreement could be executed with all the components.”

The statement continued to say, “We expect the cooperation which is projected in the deal in order to monitor the process of the agreement could in a full transparency be realised through the mechanisms of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which will play a central role and international community in the forthcoming periods.”

The implementation of the deal without any interruption can be crucial for regional peace, security, and stability, the statement added.

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz likewise praised the deal as “a very positive development,” stating that the "removal of sanctions on Iran is significant for investments in the country as well as oil prices."

Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek also declared on his official Twitter account that “the deal is a wonderful news for Turkish economics and will increase trade between the countries.”

Road to nuclear deal

In the past five years, Turkey and Brazil have particularly worked hard to avert a showdown between Tehran and Washington on the nuclear conflict.

Turkey and Brazil, who were non-permanent UN Security Council members at the time persuaded Iran in May 2010 to ship 1.2 tonnes of low-enriched uranium to Turkey for a later exchange of 120 kilograms of enriched isotope for its medical nuclear reactor in Tehran.

However, the deal was not able to convince western bloc and was eventually rejected by the US.

Turkey had hosted the continuous talks in 2011 and 2012.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday lamented the fact that, “The region would not have had much crisis if only the agreement was signed in the previous years.”

Iran and the P5+1 — the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany along with the European Union - reached an agreement on the political framework for a final agreement in early April following the Joint Plan of Action (JPA), which was an interim agreement between the P5+1 powers and Iran agreed on Nov. 24, 2013.

Under the deal, Tehran would have the right to challenge the UN request for site inspection and an arbitration board composed of Iran and the six world powers that it negotiated with would have to decide on the issue.  

Since Iran's acceptance in principle of granting access to military sites will give the IAEA extra authority in its attempts to go to the site and its demands — previously rejected by Tehran — the deal means economic prosperity for the country, which has almost no chance of military aggression against any other country in particular.

Iran also accepted a so-called "snapback" plan that will restore the pulled back sanctions in 65 days if the country violates the deal agreed with the six world powers to curb the country's nuclear programme, diplomats told Reuters on Tuesday.

The UN Security Council is expected to endorse the completed deal by the end of the month to start the mechanisms of implementation.  

However, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the world powers will be “extremely vigilant” in how Iran will be handling or spending the financial surplus resulting from the sanctions relief.

The diplomats said a UN arms embargo would remain in place for five years and UN missile sanctions would stay in place for eight years.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the completion of the nuclear deal a “historic mistake.” Netanyahu said on Tuesday that an accord with Iran will allow it "to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region."

TRTWorld and agencies