World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Foreign Ministry official is scheduled to visit Iran this week to seek ways to end 16-month violence in neighboring Syria that has now left nearly 20,000 dead.
Deputy Undersecretary Halit Çevik will have talks with Iranian officials as part of political consultations between the two countries, Turkey’s Tehran embassy said.
Çevik is expected to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salihi and his deputies Abbas Arakchi and Hussein Amir Abullahiyan.
Bilateral relations between Turkey and Iran along with the violence in Syria will dominate the agenda of the talks.
Çevik’s trip comes days after Salehi told reporters in Tehran that the idea of a managed transition of power in Syria is an “illusion.”
UN peace envoy Kofi Annan insisted earlier this month that regional heavyweight Iran should be involved in efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Syria crisis despite the West's firm rejection of a role for Tehran.
Russia, which along with China opposes any external move to tip the balance against Assad, has said Iran should be involved.Last Mod: 30 Temmuz 2012, 17:59