Turkish PM, Iran's Larijani Discuss Syria in Istanbul
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Saturday had talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in İstanbul on the Syrian crisis, one day after he met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

Larijani was welcomed by Turkish Foreign Ministry and Iranian Embassy officials at İstanbul Atatürk Airport early on Saturday. The Turkish prime minister received Larijani in İstanbul at his office in Dolmabahçe in the afternoon. The meeting lasted two hours and the Israeli-Gaza conflict was also reportedly among the issues discussed by the two politicians.

Before his meeting with Erdoğan, Larijani attended a gathering organized in İstanbul's Halkalı district to mourn the martyrdom of Husain ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala 1,372 years ago on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar, also known as Ashura.

Larijani's İstanbul visit follows his meeting with Iran's ally, Assad, in Damascus on Friday. Larijani had criticized Turkey's recent request for Patriots from NATO against Syria after the talks.

Erdogan handshaking with speaker
Erdogan, Larjiani talking to each other

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