Sevil Erkuş - Hürriyet Daily News / Ankara, Aug 11 () - Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s visit to Turkey has been postponed, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official told the Hürriyet Daily News on Aug. 11.
The visit was postponed due to a “change in program,” the official said, but declined to further elaborate which side requested the delay and on what grounds. The schedule for the visit has not yet been set, according to the official.
Zarif was scheduled to visit Ankara on Aug. 10 as part of a regional trip including Lebanon and Pakistan after a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and Western powers.
The postponement comes after a senior Iranian official harshly criticized Ankara over its Syria policy accusing superpowers of using the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other terror organizations as a tool.
“In this regard, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, which provoked Saddam Hussein’s regime, are typical examples. Then, the Saddam regime became trouble for these two countries. Consequently, Iraq invaded Kuwait and sent missiles at Saudi Arabia. Now Turkey is experiencing the same as radical groups it supported have now emerged as trouble for it” Mujtaba Amani, a former Iranian official in Cairo, said.