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April 16, 2012 10:00 pm

The Future of Turkey’s Role in Negotiations with Iran

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives speech at USAK. Photo: Nilgun Gocan.

VOA – The latest talks on Iran’s controversial nuclear program, held in Istanbul April 14, were viewed as productive by the participants. But analysts say Turkey’s role as a facilitator has weakened due to Iran’s growing unhappiness with Turkish foreign policy, especially its call for regime change in Syria.

In the past, Turkey defended what it called Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program and even voted against U.N. sanctions on Iran two years ago. But Turkey’s relationship with Iran has changed, as it began aligning itself with its Western allies on a series of issues.

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