A new stage in relations between Turkey and Iran is likely to be opened by the signature of the interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme. After deep tensions in the last two years, due to the conflict in Syria and the deterioration of the Middle East landscape, Ankara and Tehran appear to be inclined to revive bilateral cooperation, in particular in economic and energy sectors. Recent political and diplomatic efforts go in this direction and could also have a positive impact on regional dynamics. Beyond particular reciprocal interests, this rapprochement seems to be part of Turkey’s wider attempt to reset its foreign policy and to regain a preeminent regional role.
Valeria Talbot, ISPI Senior Research Fellow