Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz met on Wednesday with Ambassador Richard Morningstar, U.S. special representative for Eurasian energy, in the Turkish capital, Ankara. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Yildiz said Turkey expected that a prospective visit by Turkish premier next week to the United States would yield important results as part of "model partnership" between the two countries.

"We have also discussed that the two countries could cooperate in privatization projects in Turkey, oil exploration in our country and in other countries," Yildiz said, adding that Turkish and U.S. companies could unite in a consortium to dig for oil in a number of fields in Iraq.

Morningstar said on his part that the U.S. administration looked forward to seeing Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the energy minister in Washington D.C..

The U.S. envoy said his country supported Turkey's plans to build nuclear power plants in the country, adding that the tender for the nuclear power plants should be held in a transparent way.

Responding to a question on the transportation of Iranian gas via Turkey, Morningstar said Iran was not in a situation to become a part of new energy projects in the southern corridor.

Morningstar said the U.S. would like to see Iraq providing natural gas for the Nabucco pipeline.