Iran FM due in Turkey

Photo: Iran FM due in Turkey / Turkey

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will take part in swearing-in ceremony of Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said a spokesman for Iranˈs Embassy in Ankara, IRNA reported.

Zarif will travel to Ankara on Thursday to participate in the event salted for August 28.

The ceremony is to be attended by representatives from over 65 countries including presidents of Turkmenistan, Benin, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Togo, Bulgaria, Moldavia, Macedonia, Albania, Somalia, Kosovo, Ethiopia, Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as prime ministers, parliament speakers and foreign minister of dozens of other countries.

Meanwhile, representatives of seven international organizations and institutes will take part in the upcoming event.

Erdogan is the first Turkish president elected through direct voting, in which he won 52 percent of the total ballots to defeat his two rivals.

Turkish presidents used to be elected by parliament but Erdogan's government pushed through a constitutional amendment in 2007, changing the procedure to a popular voting system.

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