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Turkey's Status Buoyed As Six Powers, Iran Arrive In Istanbul

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Turkey's yearning for recognition as a vital player on the global stage will reach fulfillment on January 21 when Iran and six world powers gather in the apt setting of Istanbul for the latest leg of the byzantine negotiating process over Tehran's suspect nuclear program.

The relatively staid setting of Geneva -- the venue for two previous rounds of talks -- is being swapped for the banks of the Bosporus, the famous waterway that divides Istanbul into European and Asian halves and serves as a symbol of the city's totemic status as a gateway between East and West.

But a gathering of the so-called P5+1 -- permanent United Nations Security Council members China, Britain, France, Russia, and the United States, plus Germany -- and Iran's nuclear negotiating team against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Istanbul's former Ottoman palaces and domed mosques may be more than mere symbolism.

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Turkey's Status Buoyed As Six Powers, Iran Arrive In Istanbul

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