Turkey to boost military cooperation with Iran

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Thu, 17 Aug 2017 - 11:36 GMT

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the re-opening of the Ottoman-era Yildiz Hamidiye mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, August 4, 2017. Picture taken August 4, 2017. REUTERS

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the re-opening of the Ottoman-era Yildiz Hamidiye mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, August 4, 2017. Picture taken August 4, 2017. REUTERS

ANKARA - 17 August 2017: Turkey and Iran have agreed to boost military cooperation after talks in Ankara this week between the Iranian armed forces chief of staff and Turkish leaders, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Thursday.

Erdogan, his defence minister and military chief of staff met Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was the first visit to Turkey by the head of Iran's military since the 1979 revolution, Turkish media said.

Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin also said the U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis would visit Turkey within days.

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