Brazil and Turkey seek to join Iran nuclear talks: Lula adviser

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Brazil and Turkey want to join the UN Security Council permanent members and Germany in talks on Iran's nuclear programme, an adviser to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Tuesday.

The call came a day after Lula and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured a deal during a visit to Tehran under which Iran will ship much of its low enriched uranium to Turkey.

Marco Aurelio Garcia, Lula's foreign affairs adviser, said at a EU-Latin America summit in Madrid it was "normal and desirable" that Brazil and Turkey should be allowed to take part in the wider talks.

The so-called 5+1 negotiations on Tehran's atomic ambitions group Iran, the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.

"I think it would be normal that at least a large part of the negotations are open" to Turkey and Brazil, Garcia said.

© 2010 AFP

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