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Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Jalili (2nd R) and Iranian diplomats wait at the entrance
of Turkish Prime Ministry as the PM arrives for the meeting 30 minutes late. AP photo

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Jalili (2nd R) and Iranian diplomats wait at the entrance of Turkish Prime Ministry as the PM arrives for the meeting 30 minutes late. AP photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met yesterday with Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, who was expected to travel to Istanbul later in the day to meet with EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton when the Hürriyet Daily News went press.

Yet on the second day of his visit to Turkey, Jalili was not welcomed with an official greeting as per protocol in front of the prime ministry. Instead Jalili was left standing around waiting for welcoming officials.

Moreover, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was half an hour late to the meeting, which Davutoğlu opened for his Iranian guest.

Turkey has recently accused Syria and Iran of backing Kurdish terrorist attacks on military outposts in the southeast. Prime Minister Erdoğan said Sept. 16 that he had sent Hakan Fidan, chief of the Turkish National Intelligence Organization, to Iran and that Iranians were denying any involvement with increased PKK activity.

Jailil met with Davutoğlu on Sept. 17 and mainly discussed the Syrian crisis, diplomatic sources said.

September/19/2012

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Adam Polk

9/20/2012 12:44:50 AM

Johanna Dew, accept this one was not planned.

mara mcglothin

9/19/2012 2:48:46 PM

The AKP is a boorish crude group of individuals who wouldn't know diplomacy if it hit them on the head! Only Gul is able to fake Western style diplomacy some of the time, but then you only have to read his personal bio to get the real picture. I have no great trust/love for Iran, but Turkey needs to quit riding the fence. Being passive agressive by leaving people waiting is not a good plan.

Johanna Dew

9/19/2012 12:28:02 PM

I remember a diplomatic row when the TR ambassador to Israel was seated lower than his hosts. Here the PM leaves his guests waiting, standing outside. Thats not the way you conduct diplomacy.

Recep Ozel

9/19/2012 12:06:32 PM

In 2010 Turkey, together with Brazil, reached a deal with Iran for nuclear fuel exchange using the term 'friendly countries' in their declaration. This angered the US, who dismissed it as being illegal. Today it seems Turkey has changed it's stance towards Iran, from resolution, to standing off. Why this change?!! The PKK is not the issue as Iran has been fighting the PKK on its own soils in southern Iran.

Sam Steel

9/19/2012 10:25:10 AM

Turkey sees itself as a much more important player in the middle east than it actually is. It will be very soon when Erdogan will fall right on his face tripping over his own ego. Turkish support and finance of terrorism in Syria has magnified the issues so severely. So much innocent Syrian blood is on Erdogans hands, he was warned so many times by Iran and Syria and keep his terrorists out of Syria, now he is starting to pay for his sins. Innocent Turkish blood spilled is also on his hands.

Faruk Beisser

9/19/2012 9:59:28 AM

Oh no, how dare Turkey snub an Iranian politicians? Good grief! After all, the ruling party is trying to change Turkey into a state like Iran.

Man in the Middle

9/19/2012 7:38:36 AM

Erdogan has completely lost it. Blaming Iran for PKK attack is a complete nonsense. Turkey's chickens have come to roost. Turkey is actively arming, training and financing terror in Syria. Now is payback time. It has become obvious to everyone that Erdogan and his team are bunch of amateurs who like to dish it out, but can't stand the heat.

ivan mezei

9/19/2012 5:46:25 AM

Liker I think turkey should ditch NATOand join the Iranians. That's where the PM 's heart lies ant way. Show them your true colours.

ilker avni

9/19/2012 1:53:35 AM

Iran is playing a dangerous game with the pkk,they are arming, training the pkk,they captured the second in command and set him free,after agreeing a cease fire with pjak,they have turned they attention to Turkey,they seem to have joined forces as they numbers seem to have increased.Iran warned Turkey afew months ago,allso the Daily Telegrahp reported the grand leader had ordered attacks on Turkey,Turkey is seen by Iran as a traitor for imploying the Nato defence sheild to protect Israel.
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