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Iran FM Zarif visits Turkey to find solutions to ease regional tensions

By Rudaw 7/6/2017
Javad Zarif arrives in Ankara for high-level talks on Wednesday. Photo: AA
Javad Zarif arrives in Ankara for high-level talks on Wednesday. Photo: AA

 

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Amid rising regional problems namely the Qatar diplomatic fallout and the crisis in Yemen, Iran’s foreign minister visited Turkey “to hold dialogues on bilateral relations, regional issues, especially the Syrian problem,” according to the Iranian ministry.

 

“There are concerning developments in the region for us. We need to have a close exchange of ideas with Turkey regarding these incidents,” Iran FM Javad Zarif told reporters in the capital Ankara before meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to Turkish Hurriyet Daily News.

 

The visit took on a different face when gunmen opened fire inside Iran’s parliament building and near a shrine devoted to Ayatollah Khomeini, killing at least 12 people and injuring another 43, according to Iranian officials.

 

"This attack will further consolidate our people's stance against terrorism," Zarif said, according to the Turkish Anadolu Agency.

 

World leaders had urged regional leaders to continue dialogue after Monday’s diplomatic fallout with Doha, when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Maldives severed official and trade ties with oil-rich Qatar, claiming support and ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS and Al-Qaeda and fueling the war in Yemen.

 

Erdogan had said that isolation is not the answer and Qatar was not supporting terrorists.

 

“It will not contribute to solving any problem to try and isolate Qatar in such a way, which we know for sure has fought very effectively against terrorist groups,” Hurriyet quoted Erdogan as saying on Tuesday.

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bebegun | 7/6/2017
They are trying to stop Kurdish struggle for freedom and equality first and foremost. They see a Kurdish woman commander in charge of the offensive on ISILs capital Raqqa and are terrified. They see the new model of coexistence and gender equality being implemented by Kurds in Rojava (Western Kurdistan) and also spreading in Basur (South Kurdistan) and are petrified.
Reber | 7/6/2017
Each time the Iranian regime is in trouble the Turks save them, unfortunately some delusional Iranians praise Turkey for this but what they don't realize is Turkey's intention is not to help Iran, the turks want such a backward tyrannical corrupt regime in Iran because Iran will never develop with the current regime, meaning they will not become a real competitor and threat Turkeys position. Iran should've been ahead of Turkey as the regions most advanced and rich country, and I'm not talking about being good at copying 2. grade north Korean missiles and supporting dozens militias in the region, I'm talking about real development. But it's much more important for Iranians to stop Kurds even if it means keeping Iran a 3. world country for another century
duroi | 8/6/2017
Playing with fire has badly backfired in Tehran. It is time for Tehran to stop meddling in the affairs of its Sunni neighbors and stop discriminating Sunni Kurds, Balochs and Arabs in Iran and grant them their linguistic and religious rights in their self administrated regions. As Kiarostami put it: Sea is stormy ...
A Nasir Khwaja | 8/6/2017
Two mushriq one follows Sufizam (Dance and Music) and other follows Sharine dead people which is against Deen e Islam, Religion of MUHAMMAD (SAWW) Deen e Islam of Arab origin, are together against Muslim Omah
Non kurd | 9/6/2017
Mullah terrorists have been murdering Sunnis all over the middle East and now it has finally come back to haunt them. If you talk to Iranians, especially the youth, they are all disgusted with the corrupt and repressive regime that rules over them. The regime must stop oppressing Iranians and carrying out crimes against Sunnis in an neighboring countries.
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