Iran says no change in Erdogan visit to Tehran
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister in Consular Affairs Hassan Qashqawi said there has been no change in Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's planned visit to Tehran.
Speaking to reporters in Tehran and to a question about the visit taking place in April, Qashqawi said according to what he knows, there was no change in the schedule, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported March 29.
The Turkish president earlier accused Iran o try to dominate the region. Turkey has supported Saudi Arabia's military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen.
In an implicit criticism of Erdogan's comments, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that, 'Those who have caused irreparable damage with their strategic blunders and ambitious policies had better adopt responsible policies aimed at using the existing capacities for establishing peace and convergence in the region.'
Meanwhile, in related news, Turkish President Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on March 26 there has been no change in the president's planned visit to Iran.
Speaking to reporters, Kalin made the remarks to a question raised over the impact of Saudi Arabia's military operation in Yemen on relations between Iran and Turkey.
Kalin underscored that Iran is an important neighboring country and remains an essential trade partner of Turkey, adding that recent developments in Yemen make Erdogan's visit to Iran in April even more topical.