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Iran says no need for Turkish mediation with U.S.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends a meeting with Turkey's President Abdullah Gul (not pictured) in Tehran March 10, 2009. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/Files

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran’s president dismissed on Wednesday the idea of Turkish mediation to improve relations with Tehran’s old foe the United States, three days after Ankara said it would consider such a role.

“There is no need for mediation,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters after talks in Tehran with regional leaders including Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

“Our stances our clear: if there is justice and respect no issue would remain in the world,” he said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said on Sunday after meeting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Turkey was trying to bridge differences between the United States and Iran.

The United States has said it intended to invite Iran to an international meeting later this month to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, which is struggling with an Islamist insurgency.

Iran and the United States have not had diplomatic ties for 30 years and are now also at odds over Tehran’s disputed nuclear work, which the West suspects has military aims. Tehran denies the charge.