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Turkish and Iranian presidents meet

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 01:09

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan meets his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Tehran despite tensions over Yemen. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Tehran for high level meetings on Tuesday (April 7), despite recent tensions over the Saudi-led bombing operation in Yemen. Erdogan, accompanied by a delegation of Turkish ministers, was greeted by President Hassan Rouhani. The visit has been on the cards 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 Iranian-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen and criticised Tehran for trying to "dominate the region." He is due to meet Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to a statement posted on the Turkish presidential website on Saturday. "During the visit bilateral relations will be addressed in all their dimensions, and there will also be an exchange of views on regional and international issues," the statement read. The two countries have strong economic ties - Iran is the second-largest gas supplier to Turkey. However, diplomatic relations have suffered in recent years, with particularly sharp disagreements over how to resolve the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

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Turkish and Iranian presidents meet

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 01:09