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4 January 2012 - 14:18

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is due in the Iranian capital Tehran for talks on latest international developments as well as Iran's civilian nuclear program.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that Davutoglu would begin his two-day official tour on Wednesday.

“Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will hold two days of consultations with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi about Iran's nuclear program as well as developments in Iraq and Syria,” said the statement.

The ministry also states that the talks would be held “within the framework of regular talks between the two ministers.”

The visit comes amid growing differences between Iran and Turkey around Ankara's decision to host a NATO missile system in the country.

Turkey claims that NATO's missile system aims to strengthen the alliance's “defense capacity and strengthen [Turkey's] national defense system,” and would not target any specific country.

However, in efforts to ease serious Russian concerns regarding the missile system, Washington has clearly implied on numerous occasions that Iran is the primary target of its so-called missile shield deployment in Europe.

Following Ankara's announcement, Russia also blasted the plan as an effort by NATO to advance eastward.
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