Iran’s Top Diplomat in Turkey for Talks


Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif travelled to Ankara on Wednesday morning for talks with Turkish officials on bilateral and regional issues.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi told reporters that the visit is part of constant diplomatic negotiations between Tehran and Ankara.

Iran-Turkey bilateral ties and the regional issues, particularly the crisis in Syria, would be discussed during Foreign Minister Zarif’s trip to Ankara, the spokesman added.

The trip comes amid escalating tensions between the Persian Gulf Arab states and Qatar.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and the Maldives and a number of others cut off diplomatic ties with the Doha government and suspended air, sea and land transport with Qatar.

Riyadh has accused Qatar of “harboring a multitude of terrorist and sectarian groups that aim to create instability in the region”.

Qatar said there is “no legitimate justification” for cutting diplomatic ties.

Iran has called for a “clear and explicit dialogue” among the feuding nations, saying rising tensions among its Persian Gulf neighbors threaten the interests of everyone in the region.