Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara
07 Apr, 2015 | 6:25 pm
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Tehran for a series high level meetings on Tuesday (April 7).
The visit has been expected for some time but some Iranian lawmakers had called for it to be scrapped last week after Erdogan publicly backed Saudi Arabia’s operation against Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen and criticised Tehran for trying to “dominate the region.”
Erdogan, accompanied by a delegation of Turkish ministers, was greeted by President Hassan Rouhani. He is due to meet Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to a statement posted on the Turkish presidential website on Saturday.
The two countries have strong economic ties, with sanctions-hit Iran being the second-largest gas supplier to energy-strapped Turkey, providing it with 10 billion cubic meters per year.
However diplomatic relations have suffered in recent years, with particularly sharp disagreements over how to resolve the civil war in neighboring Syria.
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Posted by Newsfirst.lk on Tuesday, April 7, 2015
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