Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shake hands following a joint press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Ankara on August 12, 2016. / AFP / ADEM ALTAN
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Wednesday visited Ankara for his third set of talks with top Turkish officials in less than one-and-a-half-months despite standing on opposite sides of the Syria conflict, sources said.Zarif met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in an unscheduled trip to Ankara on his way back to Tehran from a visit to New York for the U.N. General Assembly, a Turkish diplomatic source told AFP.Iran and Turkey stand on two opposing sides of the conflict in neighboring Syria, with Tehran one of the few allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Ankara backing rebels fighting for his ouster.
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