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Strains over Syria overshadow Turkish PM's Iran visit

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Strains over Syria overshadow Turkish PM's Iran visit

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Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Tehran for talks on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Bilateral relations have been strained over the bloodshed in Syria. Erdogan wants President Bashar al-Assad to step down while Iran continues to support its closest Arab ally.

Erdogan is meeting Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his two-day visit. He was welcomed by Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

Turkey has offered to host the next round of nuclear talks between world powers and Iran. Ankara has voiced support for Iran’s right to establish what it says is a peaceful nuclear programme. The US and its allies suspect Tehran is trying to develop atomic weapons.