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The Washington Post reported yesterday that Iran's U.N. envoy said Tuesday the most important thing that world powers can do at upcoming talks in Istanbul is recognize his country as major player with "nuclear capability" that is ready to cooperate on major issues including nonproliferation. Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee warned Iran will never respond to sanctions, threats or political or economic pressure - and will "never negotiate on our inalienable right to use nuclear energy for ...

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The company managing the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has describedthe declaration signed between Azerbaijan and the European Commissionas a constructive step towards establishing the Southern Gas Corridor,Managing Director of TAP Kjetil Tungland said.Tungland believes that TAP is the most realistic and economic variantfor transport of gas extracted at Shak Deniz-2, in terms of individualtechnical and commercial benefits.

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Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov will visit Istanbulon January 20 to take part in the first session of the Joint Group forStrategic Planning with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu,ITAR-TASS reports.The group was established in Ankara in May 2010 after negotiationsbetween the Russian and Turkish Presidents, Dmitry Medvedev and RecepTayyip Erdogan. The group is aimed at improving partnership ties inpolitics, trade, the economy and the cultural and humanitarianspheres.

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Greek and Armenian Presidents Karolos Papoulias and Serzh Sargsyanhave discussed bilateral cooperation and international problems inAthens, including relations with Turkey, RIA Novosti reports.Sargsyan arrived in Athens on Tuesday.The Greek president said that both the Armenian and Greek peoples havea common history and were persecuted by the Ottoman Empire.

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Minister of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan, Colonel-General Ramil Usubov and the chief of the Turkish Gendarmerie Forces General Necdet Ozel met today in Baku to discuss further cooperation, Trend reports. According to Usubov, one of the most valuable achievements after Azerbaijan gained independence was the restoration and development of the fraternal ties with Turkey following the policy "one nation, two states" which was laid by the National Leader Heydar Aliyev. According to Usubov, the visit of the General Necdet Ozel to Baku will have a positive impact on the developme

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The first meeting of the Joint Strategic Planning Unit will take placeon January 20 in Istanbul and will be headed by Russian Minister ofForeign Affairs Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart, AhmetDavutoglu, Trend reports, citing the official website of the RussianForeign Ministry.It will address issues of the organization of a new mechanism of theRussian-Turkish cooperation established under the Cooperation Councilsummit between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey. Itwill also exchange views on a wide range of bilateral and

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 Turkish President Abdullah Gul is going to visit Iran, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Akbar Salehi has announced today, News.am reports."Iran and Turkey have close relations and as such there's a need for frequent consultations at different levels," Press TV quotes Salehi as saying on Tuesday. 

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Specialists at the Iranian Malik Ajdar University have developed anatomic microscope, capable of revealing atomic particles and moleculesin complete accuracy, Trend reports. citing to jamejamonline.irThe Executive Project Manager, Shakhmuradov Abbas, said that themicroscope can carry out analysis of metals, non-metals, bacteria andviruses.He added that the technology for the production of atomic microscopesis known in seven countries. But the production of the Iranianmicroscopes is 50% cheaper.

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Turkey has announced that the Foreign Minister of the country, Professor Ahmet Davutoglu is now traveling to Beirut together with Qatar's Prime Minister to discuss the political crisis in Lebanon, The Jerusalem Post reports.According to the official information, Prof. Davutoglu and Prime Minister of Qatar Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani will meet the President of Lebanon, the Prime Minister of the country,  and the Parliament Speaker.  

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The prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will discuss withthe leadership of Kyrgyzstan the development of bilateral economiccooperation during his visit to Bishkek in early February, RIA Novostireports, citing a government spokesman.A business forum will be held during the visit. It will be attended bymembers of the delegation of the Turkish government andrepresentatives of leading Turkish business organizations to discussthe possibility of trade and investment cooperation between Kyrgyzstanand Turkey.

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The Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi,will visit Turkey, Trend cites the Iranian news agency MEHR.Salehi will discuss the latest events in Lebanon with Turkish officials.After the 11 ministers of the faction of the “8th of March Alliance”resigned, the Lebanese government collapsed. Following the resignationof one third of the cabinet ministers on January 12th, the Lebanesegovernment was forced to resign completely. Lebanese Prime MinisterSaad al-Hariri received the news of the resignation of the government

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Yesterday The Los Angeles Times published an article entitled ‘A nuclear Iran? Not so fast’. Its author, expert, Doyle McManus, states that diplomacy, sanctions and even sabotage appear to have slowedTehran's efforts. According to him, after years of warning that an Iranian atomic bomb is right around the corner, Israeli officials now say Iran is at least four years away from deploying a nuclear weapon,

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The representative of the Iranian president on the status of theCaspian Sea, Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh, will visit Moscow fromJanuary 17-18, the Iranian embassy in Russia reports.The purpose of the visit of Akhundzadeh is to discuss issues on thestatus of the Caspian Sea with officials of the Russian Federation.In November 2003 the Caspian States signed the Framework Conventionfor the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea.In July 1998 Russia and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on the

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The Iranian and Turkish presidents - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and AbdullahGul - have discussed prospects of developing cooperation, Trend citesILNA.The sides noted the need for mutual support for the interests of their peoples.Ahmadinejad also had a telephone conversation with Sultan of OmanQaboos bin Said Al Said.

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Turkey is taking active steps to eliminate the tension surroundingIran's nuclear programme, television channel TRT reports.Negotiations between Iran and the “5+1” countries, including the fivepermanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, will be heldfrom January 21-22 in Istanbul.The previous meeting was held in Geneva from 6-7 December in 2010.Prior to the official negotiations, Turkish Foreign Minister Davutogluwill meet in Istanbul with Catherine Ashton, the EU specialrepresentative for External Affairs. This meeting has been

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During a meeting between the State Minister and the chief negotiatorof the EU with Turkey, Egemen Bagysh, and the Hungarian StateSecretary for EU Affairs, Eniko Győr Bagysh, the question of Turkey'sparticipation in a meeting of the EU Council has been discussed, TRTreports.Turkey has been invited to take part in the meeting 7 years since itslast participation. Egemen Bagysh will head the Turkish delegation.During a meeting with the Hungarian Minister for European Affairs,Eniko Győr Bagysh expressed his concerns about the visa issue.

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Turkey has introduced restrictions on the sale and consumption ofalcohol. The decision was initiated by the Department for Regulationof Tobacco and Alcohol Products. It caused discontent among tourists.Turkey is visited by approximately 30 million tourists annually, RIANovosti reports. The authorities explain that they aim at protecting youth fromalcohol.

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has concluded his visit toQatar, where he had talks in Doha, TRT Russian reports.Erdogan had negotiations with the Prime Minister of Qatar, Hamad binJassim bin Jaber bin Muhammad Al Thani, followed by a meeting betweenthe two delegations.Al Thani stressed the good ties between Turkey and Qatar. Erdogan saidthat the two countries have no political problems.

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