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Iran, Turkey and Iraq meet over Qatari crisis

June 6, 2017 at 4:09 am

Image of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 19 April 2017 [Nezir Aliyev/Anadolu]

A trilateral meeting that will bring together politicians from Iran, Iraq and Turkey will be held in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad to resolve the “Qatari issue,” the head of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, Mohsen Rezai, announced yesterday.

“Iran, Turkey and Iraq will meet in Baghdad to invite the Islamic Conference (OIC) to resolve the issue of Qatar,” Rezai said on his official Twitter account.

The Iranian official did not reveal about the meeting date.

The announcement came following several talks between the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and his Turkish and Iraqi counterparts, during which they ” the current situation in the region and tension simmering in the relations between Qatar and some Gulf countries.”

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