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Iran: Turkish Foreign Minister Gul arrives in Tehran

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul arrived in Tehran on Saturday to discuss ways of expanding relations between the two neighboring heavyweights, IRNA reported.

Iran`s foreign ministry officials were on hand at Mehrabad airport to welcome Gul, who is expected to talk to reporters at a joint news conference with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi later in the day.

The Turkish foreign minister arrived here from Baku, where he held talks with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister Artur Rasizade, Foreign Minister Vilayet Guliyev and other senior Azeri officials on Friday and Saturday.

The aim of his visit to Iran, he said in the Azeri capital Saturday, is to extend the condolences of the Turkish government and people on the deaths of thousands in a recent earthquake in the southeastern Iranian city of Bam.

Turkey dispatched rescue and relief teams shortly after Bam was hit by a devastating quake on December 26.

The ancient Silk Road city was razed by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake, which killed more than 30,000.

The desert city, located 1,000 kilometers southeast of capital Tehran, is home to several landmarks, including a 2000-old citadel, said to be the world`s biggest mud-brick structure, which is almost gone now.

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