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Iran president due in Turkey on Thursday

Tehran, Aug 12, IRNA - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leading a high-ranking delegation is to leave Tehran for Turkey on Thursday at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart President Abdullah Gul.

During his stay, the president is to meet President Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on issues of mutual interest and the latest regional and international developments.

Iran's peaceful nuclear program will also be on the agenda of talks with the Turkish officials.

It will be Ahmadinejad's first visit to Turkey since he took office in August 2005.

An Iranian politico-economic delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Alireza Sheikh-Attar is currently in Turkey in the run-up to president Ahmadinejad's upcoming visit.

Israel sabotaging Iran-Turkey ties: MP

A member of parliament said on Tuesday that Israel has targeted cooperation among the Muslim nations and it is trying to sabotage the upcoming visit to Turkey of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Hossein Sobhani-nia, vice-chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, told IRNA that the US and Israel do not like the Islamic nations to get closer and develop cooperation.

He added that President Ahmadinejad's upcoming visit to Turkey would benefit both states and will contribute to the two countries' regional and international cooperation.

Sobhani-nia said that paying such visits would help further promote bilateral cooperation between the Islamic Republic and other world states.

The Islamic Republic would make use of all opportunities in order to boost ties with its friendly countries, he said.

Expansion of ties with neighboring states is a priority of Iran's foreign policy, Sobhani-nia added.

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