In Iran, Turkey's premier plays up partnership despite Syria friction

Turkey and Iran must develop a "common perspective" in order to resolve crises embroiling the region, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said after talks with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani in Tehran on Saturday.

The regional powers are at odds over Syria's civil war, with Tehran backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Ankara arguing that he must step down in order for there to be a lasting resolution.

Davutoglu said they both supported a tenuous week-old ceasefire in Syria, and expressed hope that it would boost progress toward ending the five-year-old war when peace talks resume in Geneva on Wednesday.

"We [Turkey and Iran] are considering that stopping the bloodshed will provide an important basis for political negotiations," Davutoglu said of the ceasefire, according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency.

Rowhani said that cooperation with the Turkish government was essential to combating the threat of terrorism.

Iran and Turkey "must strengthen the foundations for peace and stability in the region through bilateral cooperation and focusing on the fight against terrorism as a common enemy," Rowhani said, according to Iran's Press TV.

Last update: Sun, 06/03/2016 - 00:40
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