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EghtesadOnline: Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Friday that Iran, Turkey and Russia are key regional players.

Speaking to reporters upon his arrival in Ankara, Zarif underlined the need for more negotiations between regional countries. 

Zarif's Ankara visit is the first visit to Turkey by a top-ranking Iranian official since July 15 failed coup in the country, reports IRNA. 

During his visit to Turkey, Zarif is to meet with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and Turkish President Recep Tayyep Erdogan. 

Iran condemned the coup attempt in Turkey in the very first hour 'as we believe that coup has no place in our region and the vote and will of the people cannot be suppressed with the measures of a military group,' Zarif said. 

Referring to some differences between Iran and Turkey about some regional issues, the foreign minister said that the two countries have to use these differences as a base for further dialogue. 

He also pointed out to a recent visit to Baku by President Hassan Rouhani where he met his Azeri and Russian counterparts as well as a recent meeting between the presidents of Turkey and Russia, noting that Iran, Turkey and Russia are three key regional countries that need to cooperate with each other.

Mohammad-Javad Zarif Iran-Turkey ties