Turkish PM heads for Iran for key talks

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu leaves for Tehran to hold talks with senior Iranian officials on ways to strengthen all-out mutual relations and the latest developments in the Middle East region.

Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Davutoglu left for Tehran on Friday for a two-day official visit.

During the premier’s stay in Tehran, Iranian and Turkish officials are slated to discuss regional crises, particularly the five-year-old conflict in Syria. Tehran and Ankara have different views on the war in the Arab country.

Turkey backs militants and insists that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should not be part of the Arab country’s future. Iran says the decision on Assad’s fate is up to the Syrian people and supports the Syrian army and its allies fighting militants.

Davutoglu’s trip will be the highest level between the two neighboring countries for almost a year after President Recep Tayyib Erdogan paid an official visit to Tehran in April 2015.

Despite their differences, Tehran and Ankara have largely maintained diplomatic relations.