WASHINGTON - A
senior US official says that Turkey has agreed to stay out of
international efforts to pressure Iran on its nuclear program.
official told reporters that US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had asked Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet
Davutoglu in a 45 minute conversation Monday to leave the issue to UN
Security council powers and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a private
conversation, said Davutoglu agreed.
US-Turkish relations have
suffered since Turkey voted against US-backed sanctions that
ultimately passed in the UN Security Council last month.
vote came shortly after Turkey tried to broker a nuclear fuel-swap deal
with Iran as an alternative to sanctions.
The Turkish Embassy had
no immediate comment on the Clinton-Davutoglu talks.