Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 1, 2017. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed Wednesday to improve ties, including in the fight against terrorism, Iran's state news agency IRNA said, following some angry exchanges between the regional rivals.Largely Shiite Iran backs the government of President Bashar Assad, while Turkey, which is majority Sunni, has backed elements of the Syrian opposition.Regional rivalry between Iran and Turkey is nothing new, but political analysts have linked Ankara's tougher rhetoric to U.S. President Donald Trump's approach to the Middle East.
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