World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish officials intend to criticise Iran's support of the regime in Syria when Iranian president Hasan Rouhani visits Turkey next week, a ruling party official said Thursday.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to visit Turkey on Monday, his first visit to the country since he was elected last year.
"One topic we will bring up to Rouhani will be Iran's position regarding the Syrian civil war," said Yasin Aktay, deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party.
Iran, along with Russia and China, is one of the strongest backers of the regime of Syrian strongman Bashar Assad.
"We will remind him that the policy they have followed over Syria is not going to benefit Iran -- something that we will tell him directly," Aktay said.
Aktay answered questions from foreign correspondents during breakfast at AK Party headquarters in Ankara, Turkey’s capital.
"During the Arab Spring, Iran was popular in the region, and Iran would have benefited from this period," Aktay said. "Yet their popularity among the Muslim countries has decreased due to their policies regarding Syria."
On Jan. 29, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Iran and discussed deals to increase trade between Turkey and Iran 30 billion USD by the end of 2015 -- more than double the figure of 2013.Last Mod: 06 Haziran 2014, 09:44