ISTANBUL, Turkey, July 25 (UPI) -- Foreign ministers from Iran, Brazil and Turkey met in Istanbul in an attempt to restart stalled negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, officials said.
A fuel swap agreed to by the three countries last May called for Iran to trade 1,200 kilograms of low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium, CNN reported.
Permanent members of the U.N. Security Council pushed forward with a fresh round of sanctions against Iran, despite the pact. But Brazil and Turkey, who hold temporary security council seats, voted against the sanctions, breaking with Western allies, CNN said.
Meanwhile, the Fars News Agency reported Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with Turkmen Foreign Minister Rasit Meredow to ask for stronger relations between the two countries.
"Strong relations between Iran and Turkmenistan serve the interests of the two nations and the region," Ahmadinejad said Saturday. He added there is potential for cooperation between Tehran and Ashgabat in energy, transportation, trade and investment.
Ahmadinejad visited Turkmenistan to push for different economic projects in the Central Asian country in January 2010, Fars reported.