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Turkey welcomes Iran nuclear framework deal: Foreign minister

AFP , Friday 3 Apr 2015
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Turkey Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (Photo: Reuters)
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Turkey on Friday welcomed a framework nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, adding it hoped I ran would take steps to finalise the agreement by July.

"We are very happy that this deal was made yesterday," Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in the Lithuanian capital.

The minister said he "hoped the parties will reach a final agreement by first of July", but said Iran must do more to achieve this objective.

"When we look at the positions of the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, US) and Iran right now, Iran is still beyond the line we were able to bring in 2010, but I hope Iran will come to the same line by the end of June," Cavusoglu added.

Iran and Western powers struck an outline agreement in Switzerland Thursday paving the way for Tehran to curtail its nuclear activity in exchange for relief from punishing economic sanctions.

"Turkey is in principle against any kind of nuclear weapons in Iran, in Israel or in any other countries", Cavusoglu said.

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