Iran's Majlis (parliament) speaker, Ali Larijani said in his visit to Turkey Thursday that Ankara has not played the role of mediator in Iran's nuclear negotiations with the West.

According to Khabar Online correspondent, heading a parliamentary delegation, Larijani traveled to Turkey less than a week after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made a visit to Iran.
 
The top Iranian legislator is to hold meetings with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Abdullah Gul, and Davutoglu.
 
The key message conveyed in Turkey's Foreign Minister’s trip to Iran was a gradual change in Turkey's policy toward Syria. Turkey already lambasted Syria for what called violent reaction to the protesters and even threatened to join international military intervention in Syria.
 
But as Ala'eddin Boroujerdi, the head of national security and foreign policy commission of Majlis said, as a regional ally of Syria in the Middle East, the Islamic Republic of Iran transparently stated its position on Syria in the latest talks with Turkish officials.
 
Earlier on December, Iran's Majlis passed a bill on free trade with Syria to back the Arabian republic which has been hit by the West's economic sanctions.
 
Speaking to the Anatolia news agency before his arrival in Turkey, Larijani commented on Iran-Turkey relations.
 
"Although there were differences between the two countries, which both play major roles in the Middle East, they could support each other to ensure stability in the region,” he said.
 
“We might have different ways of doing things. However, different methods sometimes complement each other and can contribute equally to finding solutions to problems,” Larijani added.
 
Iran's Majlis speaker suggested that such differences come from different analyses of the current situation in the Middle East region.
 
Elsewhere in his remarks, Larijani said: "The key problem with the 5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany) is that they regard the nuclear talks as a tool, while Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the nuclear problems can be solved through negotiations."
 
"If the 5+1 group views the issue more carefully and regards nuclear negotiations rather as a solution for the problem rather than a tool, Iran will take more concrete and effective steps in resolving the issue," he added.
 
"However it should be noted that Iran's nuclear rights are not negotiable since the Islamic Republic is carrying on its nuclear program within the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and has the rights shared by all NPT members," Majlis speaker stated.
 
Larijani went on to say: "The most important issue is that the 5+1 group stops making unfounded excuses to give the nuclear talks an enlightening aspect.”
 
The latest report of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors claims Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon which gave a pretext to the United States to impose new economic sanctions on Tehran.
 
The new sanctions include an amendment barring foreign financial institutions that do business with Iran's Central Bank (CBI) from opening or maintaining correspondent operations in the United States. Further measures are also being taken to put embargo on Iran’s oil products.  
 
As a member of the IAEA and a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Tehran firmly rejects such allegations and stresses that its atomic program is aimed at peaceful purposes including medical research and treatment as well as producing electricity.
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