Senior Turkish officials last week implicated two Iranian diplomats for instigating the November 2019 assassination of Iranian dissident Masoud Molavi Vardanjani in Istanbul. Until recently, Turkish and Iranian governments managed to overlook their sectarian differences and clashing interests in Syria, joining forces time and again against their common adversaries. Ankara’s unwonted move to highlight Tehran’s culpability in Vardanjani’s killing is a sign that bilateral relations remain strained in the aftermath of February’s lethal confrontation between Turkish troops and Iranian-backed militias in Idlib.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during funeral prayers for Emre Baysal, one the 36 Turkish soldiers killed on Thursday in a Syrian army attack in the Idlib area of Syria, in Istanbul on Feb. 29, 2020. (AP)
A picture shows the logo of the Turkish bank Halkbank in Istanbul. (File photo: AFP)
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani shake hands during a welcome ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, on April 16, 2016. (AP)