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Briefing on the Turkey-Iran rapprochement

Briefing on the Turkey-Iran rapprochement

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17th August 2017

Turkey and Iran are cooperating again as shifting regional dynamics sees their interests align

  • Turkey and Iran are no longer diametrically opposed over Syria, removing the main source of tension in their relationship
  • Longstanding economic ties between the two countries are being bolstered by cooperation over the crisis in the Gulf
  • Potential for a ‘Sunni alliance’ between the Gulf countries and Turkey against Iran has given way to an emerging Ankara-Moscow-Tehran axis, but challenges to future cooperation remain

The Iranian military’s chief of staff has led a high-level delegation to Turkey this week amid growing signs of cooperation between the two regional rivals. Major General Mohammad Bagheri is said to have been invited by his Turkish counterpart General Hulusi Akar in what is the first visit of its kind since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.

The historic move comes less than 6 months after Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, accused Iran of fomenting sectarianism…

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