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Iran to discuss 'worrying' developments with Turkey

There are 'worrying developments' in the region, says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Fatih Hafız Mehmet   | 07.06.2017
Iran to discuss 'worrying' developments with Turkey Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaks to media upon his arrival at the hotel during his visit for regional issues and bilateral ties with Turkish officials, in Ankara, Turkey on June 7, 2017. ( Emin Sansar - Anadolu Agency )

Ankara

By Zuhal Demirci, Murat Karadag and Meltem Bulur

ANKARA

Iran needs to have close exchange of ideas with Turkey to discuss "worrying developments" in the region, said Iran's foreign minister Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters at the entrance of his hotel in the capital Ankara, Javad Zarif also commented on Wednesday's deadly twin attacks in Tehran.

"This attack will further consolidate our people's stance against terrorism," Zarif said.

The Iranian minister said Iran was facing "concerning developments" in the region and added: "We need to have close exchange of views with Turkey about these incidents."

Gunmen opened fire inside Iran’s parliament building and near a shrine devoted to Ayatollah Khomeini, killing at least 12 people and injuring another 43, according to Iranian officials. 

Daesh reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

Zarif will meet his Turkish counter Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Bilateral and regional issues - including Syria stalemate and Arab Gulf’s diplomatic crisis - are due to be discussed.

On Monday, five Arab countries -- Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen -- cut ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. Qatar denied the accusations, saying the move was "unjustified".

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