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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly discussed their differences over Syria during an unscheduled meeting this morning in Baku.
 
The meeting lasted about 40 minutes, according to reports.
 
Nuclear energy issues and the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK), the Iranian wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' (PKK) Party, were also discussed by the leaders.
 
The Iranian leader showed support for Turkey regarding the issue of the border town of Akçakale, where five people were killed by Syrian shelling on Oct. 3.
 
Earlier reports had suggested that no face-to-face meeting would take place between the leaders at the ECO Summit in the Azerbaijani capital due to the worsening relations between the neighboring countries.
 
Northern Cyprus gets observer status
 
Following the private meeting with Erdoğan, Ahmadinejad agreed to lift the veto on Turkish Cyprus.
 
The republic was given observer status at the event through the signing of a historic agreement.  

October/16/2012

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Murat

10/16/2012 6:58:25 PM

That was an important meeting. The guy (who needs a shave) is the legitimate and elected (I know!) leader of his country. Let me tell you another thing, I am still waiting, after ten years, for Sheria to arrive in Turkey. Dont u guys get tired of waiting? Turkey was more secular than many even in Ototman times. Certainly a lot secular than many European (Greece) and the Jewish state. So can we pleeezz get a break here from the blatant propaganda!

DutchTurk JANICAR

10/16/2012 6:21:46 PM

@Aryeh, current government has it's inspiration from Islam, that's true, but still it's secular since, if they would do anything that threatens the secular character of the country, the AKP can be closed in 1 week by the constitutional court, then the army will kick in and all MP's will land in prison like it once happened, so that the AKP has inspiration from Islam doesn't make them non-secular. Turkey choose side of people in Tunis, Egypt, Libya and Syria, regardless Sunni or Shia, true? shush

Aryeh Rapaport

10/16/2012 6:16:29 PM

Dutch, in theory Turkey supports Democracy & would promote it any time & anywhere but this Turkish Islamic govt didnt! IT SHOULD - BUT IT DIDNT!! Also sectarian divide is not necessarily Turkish policy but fact. When such a huge population of country is Sunni what should we expect. Im just giving facts that Turkey is not secular LALA land who fights for freedom & Democracy where ever it can but is Islamic, partially extremist and at times bad for Freedom, Democracy & Human Rights!

avron dacota

10/16/2012 6:12:15 PM

You guy's are prominent figure in the region, and have the ability to resolve regional issues on your own, please don't come around poisonous and hateful think like Shia and Sunni, sit together to resolve the Syrian issue, without any foreign intervention, it is best for entire region, your enemy is working on the devide and role police,j

Aryeh Rapaport

10/16/2012 5:21:56 PM

Dutch, current govt in Turkey is not secular but Islamic. Turkey supported ousting Qhdafi months after unrest began, thousands of deaths & receiving Qhadafis "Human Rights Award". With Syria, Erdogan visited while bodies were pilling up & didnt hesitate to call Assad a dear friend & brother. Turkey didnt care much for Democracy rather investments. Turkey dumped Israel for better ties with Iran, Syria & Hamas- these countries are not Democracies but dictatorships. This is not biased but facts!

Xir Nuk

10/16/2012 5:20:56 PM

They hate each others but when it comes to the Kurdish question they become friends again.

Rimon Tree

10/16/2012 5:01:42 PM

@ C'mon Dutch Turk Break that biased circle. We all knwo very well that Erdogan is trying hard to reislamize State and Law in Turkey and if he is not stopped very soon, he might succeed and all the efforts of the educated secularists were in vain !

Sid Mark

10/16/2012 3:09:40 PM

Now Turkish Cyprus is a recognised state.

DutchTurk JANICAR

10/16/2012 2:54:06 PM

@Aryeh, c'mon break that biased circle, we Turks are a secular nation for a century now and we demanded democracy in Sunni countries like Libya, Tunis and Egypt as well as Alawite ruled Syria. Yes indeed Iran cares about Shia expansionism, while we don't care about whether a nation is Sunni or Shia. Since our Turkic brother nation and closest ally is Azerbaijan who is also Shia.

Aryeh Rapaport

10/16/2012 1:36:56 PM

These two leaders have much to talk about. Both are paying the price & have most at risk subject to ME events. Turkey, responsible for Sunni expansionism, including in Syria, confrontation with Shiaism (Iraq), actions against Iran (NATO satellite), friends with "West" who sanction, harm Irans economy. Iran, responsible for Shia expansionism, Sunni deaths in Iraq & Syria. Counter "West" agenda. If Syria falls these two countries can be at war. Better they talk now then later...
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