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Feb 2, 2010 | 13:32 GMT

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Brief: Nuclear Issue On Agenda For Iranian FM

Applying STRATFOR analysis to breaking news.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki arrived in Ankara on Feb. 2 to attend the 21st meeting of 'Iran-Turkey Joint Commission on Economic and Trade Cooperation'. Mottaki is going to meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. While the two countries have been working to increase trade ties by creating a joint industrial zone, the main topic on Mottaki's agenda is likely to be Iranian nuclear negotiations, something Turkey got more involved in during 2009. Turkey wants a role in the mediation of a possible nuclear fuel swap deal between Iran and the West. However, Iranians are seeking to buy time in the negotiations by dragging out a proposal to store enriched nuclear fuel on Turkish soil. The meeting comes at a time when Iran is reaching out diplomatically to the United States.

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