Prime Minister Erdogan (left) with President Ahmadinejad in Tehran today (Fars)
December 3, 2006 -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today held talks in Tehran with Iranian leaders on bolstering trade relations and easing regional tensions.
Erdogan met President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and Vice President Parviz Davudi and was also expected to later meet Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Erdogan said he was hoping for a near doubling of bilateral trade to $10 billion annually.
He also said the "sensitive situations" in Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories, and Lebanon would be discussed.
Avoiding International Isolation
Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on May 27 (epa)
DIPLOMATIC OFFENSIVE: As the United States and the European Union increase pressure on Iran regarding its nuclear program, Tehran has launched a wide-ranging and ambitious diplomatic offensive, including high-level state visits with countries including China, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and Pakistan. In May, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad participated in a high-profile summit of the so-called Developing 8 (D8) group of countries in Bali. Below are some links to RFE/RL's coverage of Iran's efforts to boost international support for its position.