Turkish and Iranian leaders meet in Tehran
POSTED: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 8:30am
UPDATED: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 8:34am
NBC News — Turkey's prime minister is in Iran after attending a nuclear security summit earlier this week. Prime Minister Erdogan met Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad thursday in the capital. Iran and six world powers will meet on April 13th for a new round of negotiations after talks ended in January of last year without an agreement. Iran says its nuclear program is intended for peaceful purposes, but the United States and allies accuse the government of trying to develop nuclear weapons.
Erdogan and Ahmadinejad will also likely talk about the situation in Syria. Iran and Syria are allies, and President Ahmadinejad has praised Syria's president for the way authorities are handling the crisis. Turkey has called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. The United Nations says more than 9000 people have been killed since the conflict began last year. On sunday, Turkey will host nearly six dozen countries including the United States for the "Friends of the Syrian People" conference in Istanbul.