Turkey, Iran gas deal likely soon

Turkey and Iran will probably sign a natural gas deal during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's expected visit to the Turkish capital, Ankara, an Iranian official in Turkey said Tuesday. Turkish officials have yet to confirm the deal. Ahmad Noorani, in charge of economic affairs at the Iranian Embassy in Ankara, said the two countries agreed in May on the construction of a new gas pipeline to ensure a steady flow to Turkey, which suffers frequent cuts in gas from Iran during wintertime. Turkish officials and Noorani say they are expecting a visit by Ahmadinejad but have not announced the date. "We believe the agreement will be signed during the president's visit which is expected soon," Noorani said.