President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said that the European Union (EU) should ask Turkey to become one of its members.

In an interview with Turkish state-run TRT TV channel and private news channel NTV, President Ahmadinejad said about Turkey's EU membership process that new conditions and environments had emerged in the world and the era of humanity, culture and moral had begun. He said that states with deep-rooted cultures and civilizations such as Turkey and Iran would develop in that period.

President Ahmadinejad said that the EU should ask Turkey to become one of its members since Turkey's accession would rise the Union's credibility with its history, culture and civilization.

He said that Turkey should also improve its relations with the eastern countries, adding that it would not mean Turkey's cutting its ties with the west.

Asked about Iran's nuclear activities, President Ahmadinejad said that they had the right to have nuclear energy. He said that Iran's nuclear issue was unnegotiable and they discussed the issue only with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Calling on Muslim countries to support each other, President Ahmadinejad said that Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Malaysia and Indonesia could create a big market with their great populations and economies.

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