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Turkish-Iranian ties get a makeover

Posted by seumasach on June 9, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

9th June, 2014

The two-day visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Turkey on Monday is invested with a lot of significance for the Middle Eastern politics. The glaring 18-year gap since the then President Hashemi Rafsanjani visited Turkey in 1996 flags what a complex relationship this has been between the two neighboring countries. Their hidden, unspoken rivalries as regional powers largely accounted for this complexity, laced with the perennial civilizational overtones that lurk below the surface.

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