Iranian speaker visits Turkey

Thu 12 Jan 2012 06:57 GMT | 10:57 Local Time

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Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani holds official contacts in Ankara today, 12 January.

Iran's nuclear programme and the developments in Syria and Iraq make up the agenda in talks planned for Thursday.

Arriving in Ankara at the invitation of the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Chichek, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani told reporters at the Esenboga Airport that he hoped his visit would contribute positively to the improvement of bilateral relations.

Larijani had his first meeting with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in the morning. Iranian Parliament President will also have talks with President Abdullah Gul and Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

One of the leading names in Iranian politics, Larijani led the international negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi signalled in his talks with Foreign Minister Davutoglu during a visit to Tehran last week, that nuclear talks could resume and take place in Turkey.

Meanwhile, Western countries are seeking harsher sanctions on Iran, as the Middle Eastern country threatens to block the passage of ships through the Strait of Hormuz. Thus, the results to emerge during Ali Larijani's visit are of critical importance to the Western states.

Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev also arrived in the Turkish capital.

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev will be received by President Abdullah Gül at the Çankaya Presidential Palace in an official ceremony.




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