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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in surprise Iran visit

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's short trip to Tehran on Thursday comes after high-level talks between Iranian and Turkish officials and a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Russia. (File photo: AP)

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has made a surprise visit to Tehran for talks on “regional issues”, Iranian state television said on Friday.

Cavusoglu’s short trip follows a meeting last week with Mohammad Javad Zarif in Ankara, an Iranian foreign ministry official was quoted as saying.

Thursday’s meeting “dealt with consultations on regional issues and bilateral relations”. foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said.

Iran and Turkey back opposing sides in the war in Syria, but Cavusoglu’s visit comes after high-level talks between Iranian and Turkish officials and a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Russia.

Support for Erdogan

Both Tehran and Moscow were quick to voice support for Erdogan following the August coup attempt against him, and Cavusoglu last week called on Russia to carry out joint operations with Turkey against the ISIS in Syria.
 

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