Turkey and Iran discuss Iraq

The Turkish prime minister and Iranian leaders explore ways to stabilise Iraq.

    Erdogan was on a day's visit to Tehran

    "The main aim of this trip is to study the rapid international development, especially the sensitive situation in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, and the responsibility that both nations feel in finding a  solution," state television quoted Erdogan as saying.

     

    "Iranian and Turkish officials want to extend and boost ties," said Ahmadinejad. "Tehran and Ankara can expand bilateral trade and even jointly invest in other parts of the world together."

     

    US pullout

     

    "Just as in the Vietnam war, the US troops will be pulled out in disgrace."

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran supreme leader

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    Khamenei told Erdogan that US forces must make a quick exit from Iraq, predicting that the longer they stayed in the violence-torn country the deeper they would sink in the "Iraqi quagmire".

      

    "If the current US President [George Bush] does not pull out troops from Iraq the next US president will be forced to do so," he said.

      

    "Just as in the Vietnam war, the US troops will be pulled out in  disgrace," he said.

     

    Iran and Turkey share a border, a common interest in stemming  the activities of Kurdish fighters operating inside their territories, and concerns about the security situation in Iraq.

      

    But Tehran's relations with Ankara have not always been smooth.  Turkey is the closest Muslim ally of the Islamic republic's arch-enemy Israel, and also has a key strategic relationship with Iran's other enemy - the United States.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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