Turkish president meets Iran’s supreme leader

Turkish president meets Iran’s supreme leader
19:07 7 Aprel 2015
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 7

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on April 7, Iranian leader’s official website reported.

No more details were published about the agenda of the meeting.

Turkey's president arrived in Tehran today, heading a high-ranking delegation which includes a number of Turkish ministers.

Erdogan earlier met with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani and discussed economic ties, as well as the latest regional developments.

Erdogan’s recent statements on Iran’s regional policy triggered severe protests among Iranian conservatives.

Back in March, Erdogan accused the Islamic Republic of trying to monopolize the Middle East by seeking a Shia-dominated hegemony in neighbor countries.

Following Erdogan’s accusations of Iran, on April 6 some 65 Iranian MPs in a letter asked President Rouhani to caution his Turkish counterpart against his anti-Iranian remarks.

The MPs asked Rouhani to do so during Erdogan’s upcoming visit to Tehran.

Some MPs also asked Iran’s Foreign Ministry to cancel Erdogan’s visit.

Iran and Turkey are clashing over a number of political issues. Tehran-Ankara disagreement is more noticeable in Syria: while Tehran supports President Bashar al-Assad, Ankara backs some of the opposition groups fighting Damascus.

However, the two sides are determined not to allow the political tensions to affect the economic goals.

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