Turkish, Iranian foreign ministers meet in Tehran
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in Tehran Wednesday for two days of talks with Iranian officials on recent international developments, including the situation in Syria and Iran's nuclear dispute with the West, dpa reported.
After his arrival, Davutoglu met with first Iranian Vice-President Mohammd-Reza Rahimi. There was no indication on the outcome of the talks, and a press conference planned for day's end was cancelled.
In the evening, the Turkish minister had dinner and a round of talks with his Iranian counterpart, Ali-Akbar Salehi, at the Foreign Ministry in Tehran.
The two sides cancelled a joint press conference despite an announcement by the foreign ministry of the event. Both ministers also refrained from talking to local and foreign media awaiting their comments.
A Turkish reporter said that the two sides could not settle their differences over Syria. Davutoglu apparently insisted on supporting the Syrian opposition, while Salehi stressed on Iran's continued support for President Bashar al-Assad.
But undisputed seems to be Turkey's readiness for mediation in the dispute over Iran's nuclear programmes and willingness to host the nuclear talks again, as Turkey did last January in Istanbul.
The Turkish minister is scheduled to meet on Thursday with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad before leaving Iran, the Iranian foreign ministry said.