8/18/2008

Ahmadinejad says hopes for Turkey energy deals soon

Canada.com - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday he hoped his country and Turkey would soon sign energy deals opposed by Washington, which is trying to pressure Tehran into halting its nuclear program. The two Muslim neighbors failed to conclude expected energy accords during Ahmadinejad's two-day trip to Turkey, a NATO member with strong ties to the United States and Israel. Ankara has come under fire for inviting the Iranian leader. Ahmadinejad has lobbied hard to visit Turkey since coming to power in 2005 as Iran seeks support amid international demands for a suspension of his country's nuclear enrichment program (the subject of ongoing talks between Iran and Western powers).