Turkey Endorses Iran’s Call to End Saudi War on Yemen

Iran: Ceasefire Needed as Soon as Possible

Speaking at a joint news conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the two nations had agreed on the need to end the Saudi war on Yemen.

Erdogan did not directly address the war in his segment of the comments, but rather emphasized the importance of improving bilateral ties between Turkey and Iran. Rouhani went on to call for a ceasefire “as soon as possible.”

Since the Erdogan government is a relatively religious Sunni government by Turkish standards, it was considered unlikely they would support Iran on the issue of the increasingly sectarian war in Yemen.

But Erdogan has emphasized the need to halt intra-Muslim conflict in recent days, and had couched his visit to Tehran to talk to Rouhani as an effort toward that end.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.