Iranian Diplomacy Facing New Challenges
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani arrived in Istanbul today and held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the Syrian crisis. The meeting took place in prime minister’s office in Dolmabahce Palace on Saturday afternoon. Larijani had met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Friday.
Today’s Zaman reports that the two also discussed Israeli-Gaza conflict.
Syria and Gaza conflicts represent serious issues for Iranian diplomacy. The assertive roles of Turkey’s Erdogan and Egypt’s Morsi in Syria and Gaza respectively challenge Iran’s positions in the region. Hezbollah and Hamas have for long been considered Iran’s clients. Assad’s losing control over Syria will weaken the former and the latter’s newly-formed alliance with Egypt (and Qatar) will diminish its dependence on Iran.
Photo credit: Iran’s Majlis speaker Ali Larijani (L) meeting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul. Saturday 24 November 2012. (AA/Today’s Zaman)