Tehran says Iran, Turkey enjoy strategic ties

Tehran says Iran, Turkey enjoy strategic ties
14:32 12 Noyabr 2015
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 12

By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:

A top Iranian diplomat has noted that over the past five years, Iran and Turkey have voiced different points of view over the fate of Syrian president Bashar al-Asad, but Tehran and Ankara never let differences regarding Syria have an impact on the mutual strategic ties shared by the two neighboring countries.

“We assume that we share many common points of view with our brothers in Turkey regarding various issues in the region, particularly the Syrian issue,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told IRNA news agency in Lebanon Nov. 12.

He further added that after forming a new government in Turkey, Tehran and Ankara will hold talks aimed at resolving the Syrian crisis.

Amir-Abdollahian also said that Tehran and Ankara can play a prominent role in the political future of Syria.

Seeking to end the Syrian civil war, both the allies and opponents of President Bashar al-Assad are planning to resume peace talks Nov.14, though the first round of talks held in Vienna on Oct. 30 failed to reach agreement on al-Assad’s fate.

During the late October peace talks, Tehran expressed support for al-Assad’s government, while rival Saudi Arabia demanded al-Assad and Iranian-backed troops leave the country

As part of his multi-country tour to discuss regional issues, including Syria, Amir-Abdollahian left Lebanon for Oman Nov.12 prior to the upcoming peace talks.

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