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Turkey’s Tentative Iranian Spring

Although Iran is not expected to change its Syria policy, working with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may help ease regional tensions.
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (2nd R) gestures as he welcomes Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2nd L) before holding talks in Istanbul December 22, 2010. They were accompanied by Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (L) and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu/Pool (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS) - RTXVYLW
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Turkey and Iran, which have somehow managed their relations for at least 300 years without ever giving up their “controlled tension” approaches, are for the first time on the same frequency with their common reactions to the coup in Egypt against deposed President Mohammed Morsi.

Currently, Turkey-Iran tensions are the worst seen in recent years due to Turkey reducing its oil imports from Iran by 40% in the framework of US sanctions; the NATO radar shield deployed at Malatya-Kurecik and the Syria crisis.

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