Turkey won’t mediate between Iran and U.S.: Erdogan

October 29, 2009

TEHRAN - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey is not going to mediate between Iran and the United States.

At a press conference at the Turkish Embassy in Tehran on Wednesday, Erdogan said that the fact that he is currently in Iran and plans to travel to the United States in the future does not mean he is going to conduct any mediation between the two countries.
The Turkish prime minister stated that he came to Tehran to discuss regional problems and global issues.
With their historic civilizations, Iran and Turkey can play key roles in efforts to establish peace and stability in the region, he added.
The Iranian and Turkish people have a great responsibility to solve the region’s problems and to establish peace and stability in the region and the world, and they should strengthen their bilateral relations to achieve these goals, he said.
Iran-Turkey relations are based on non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, and the two countries have similar views on a number of political and economic issues, he stated.
To establish peace and stability in the region Turkey has proposed that all regional countries should adopt a policy of friendship with their neighbors, he added.
Erdogan said that Turkey’s foreign policy is based on friendship with other countries and not having any enemies.
The Turkish prime minister arrived in Tehran on an official visit on Monday night.
His delegation is comprised of 200 political and economic officials including 20 MPs, the ministers of foreign affairs, energy, foreign trade, culture, environment, and industry, and eighty representatives of private sector companies, as well as 30 media representatives.