Turkey's President Abdullah Gul, right, and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani speak as they walk together during a ceremony at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, June 9, 2014.(AP Photo)
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In a landmark visit to Turkey by Iran's president, the two countries pledged to work together to stop extremism and bloodshed in the Middle East despite deep differences over Syria's civil war.Turkish President Abdullah Gul commended Rouhani on his efforts in opening up Iran to the world since taking office last August.Iran, a Shiite theocracy, is the chief backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Sunni-majority Turkey has moved from trying to encourage reform in Syria to overtly supporting the armed opposition.It was the first trip to Turkey by an Iranian president since former leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a "working" visit to Istanbul in 2008 . The last official presidential visit from Iran to Turkey was in 1996 by Hashemi Rafsanjani.
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