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Egypt, Syria throw out each other’s diplomats

Egypt and Turkey dismissed each other’s ambassadors and downgraded their diplomatic relations on Saturday after months of tensions over the removal of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. Egypt’s foreign Ministry Spokesman Badr Abdelatty said he had asked Turkish ambassador Avni Botsali to leave the country because Turkey was “attempting to influence…

Nuclear talks with world powers on April 13 says Iran

Long-stalled talks between Iran and world powers are to be revived on April 13 at a place yet to be agreed, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying on Wednesday by official media. Salehi announced the date as he welcomed visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan…

Turkish PM calls on Assad to step down

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on his former ally Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down. “Quit power before more blood is shed … for the peace of your people, your region and your country,” Erdogan said in parliament. After weeks of mounting criticism of the Syrian leader, it was…

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