The Iranian president said on Monday that Turkey could establish relations with any country it wanted.

 

Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said that it was not right to limit such a big country like Turkey when commenting on claims that Turkey had shifted its course to the East.

"Turkey can establish relations with any country it wants in line with its own interests," Ahmadinejad told a press conference in Istanbul.

Ahmadi-Nejad defined Turkey as the oldest country and cradle of the world civilization and culture, and said it was for the European Union's (EU) best interests to admit Turkey.

The Iranian president said the accession of Turkey, the cradle of civilizations, to Europe would only gave prestige to the union.

Also, Ahmadi-Nejad said that it was Iran's natural right to make use of peaceful energy.

Ahmadi-Nejad said some countries had assumed a stance against Iran for its nuclear program, but the right thing was to cooperate with Iran.

On questions that International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei had proposed Iran to send its low-enriched uranium to Turkey, Ahmadi-Nejad said relations between Iran and Turkey were very well, and the two countries were trusting each other.

Ahmadi-Nejad said the two countries were cooperating and they had no problems.

The president said the two countries had signed many agreements particularly on energy and natural gas.

Ahmadi-Nejad said all agreements would be made and implemented for the prosperity of the two countries.

Also, Ahmadi-Nejad said his country was in an effort to produce fuel for nuclear power stations, and production of fuel for industry was among Iran's programs.

The president said Iran could sell the excessive fuel to foreign countries under the supervision of the agency program.

Ahmadi-Nejad participated in the Economy Summit held in Istanbul on the sidelines of the 25th session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

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