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Rouhani visit to Ankara was timely and important, Turkish MP says
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_Saki-Logoglu.jpgTEHRAN – Turkish MP Osman Faruk Logoglu says Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Ankara was “timely and important”.
   
Logoglu, the vice chairman of the Republican People’s Party (Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi- CHP), also said, “Iran's new drive under President Rouhani is earning the respect of the community of nations, near and far.”

Logoglu, who served as Turkey’s ambassador to Washington, also said Iran’s involvement in “any regional or international effort to resolve the Syrian issue is a must.”

Q: After 20 years an Iranian president visited Turkey. What made this trip necessary?

A: Turkey and Iran are two leading regional powers, neighbors and both countries exert influence at the global level. President Rouhani's visit to Turkey is timely and important.  The visit takes places at a time when the region is experiencing continuing problems in Iraq and in Syria in addition to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the wide-ranging issues generated by the "Arab Spring".

Under the leadership of President Rouhani, Iran is making positive multi-dimensional efforts at the regional and international level in favor of enhanced stability and security in the Middle East. Iran's new drive under President Rouhani is earning the respect of the community of nations, near and far.
   
The visit will also help further development of Turkish-Iranian bilateral relations.  

In short, the two neighbors have a lot of reasons - bilateral, regional and international - for making such visits at the state level.   

Q: The crisis in Syria is naturally one of the main topics of discussions between senior Iranian and Turkish officials. In view of the great differences between Tehran and Ankara over the conflict in Syria how can the two sides bring their views closer to each other on the issue?

A: It is true that there are significant differences between the Turkish government under the AKP (Justice and Development Party led by Mr. Erdogan) and Iran over the issue of Syria. The CHP too is critical of and disagrees with the Syrian policy of the Turkish Government. The CHP has always called for the peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict through negotiations between the regime and the opposition so that the future of Syria is determined by the Syrian people themselves.  

The CHP more than two years ago called for an international conference on Syria, akin to what later became the Geneva Conference process. We have said from the beginning that the participation of Iran in any regional or international effort to resolve the Syrian issue is a must for it to succeed.

It is unlikely that all differences between the Turkish government under the AKP and Iran will be settled during President Rouhani's visit.  But the regional powers can make a strong appeal to the international community for the resumption of the Geneva Conference process and call on all sides to put an end to the suffering of the Syrian people.  

Q: The central government in Iraq has opposed an oil deal between Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Can Iran mediate between Iraq and Turkey on the issue?
 
A: The issue of Iraqi oil is first and foremost an issue between the regional entity in the North and the central Government in Baghdad. I believe the Turkish government should be talking to the federal government in Baghdad and refrain from unilateral deals with Erbil without the consent of Baghdad.  Ankara must take into account the objections of Baghdad in this respect. The best course of action for outside powers would be to urge the two sides in Iraq to come to an agreement over the exploitation and sale of Iraqi oil.      
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Last Updated on 10 June 2014 16:14