Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech as he attends a Turkish-Slovenian Business Forum during his visit in Ljubljana, on March 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JURE MAKOVEC
AFP PHOTO / Jure Makovec
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday insisted he was still planning to visit Iran next week, despite a war-of-words with the Islamic republic triggered by the Yemen crisis and his accusations Tehran was seeking domination of the region.Majority Sunni Muslim Turkey has said it supports the Saudi-led operation against Iran-allied Huthi Shiite rebels in Yemen to restore order in the country.After a joint Turkish-Brazilian bid in 2010 to settle the Iranian nuclear crisis, Ankara also found itself sidelined as Washington talked directly to Tehran.Despite their disagreements however, both countries have kept dialogue channels open and Turkey is heavily dependent on imported energy from Iran.Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in response launched a savage attack on Erdogan, accusing Turkey of wreaking havoc in the Middle East with over-ambitious policies.The row with Shiite Iran comes amid signs of warming Turkish ties with fellow Sunni Muslim kingpin and Iran's rival Saudi Arabia under new King Salman, after a chill caused by the ousting of the pro-Ankara Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.
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