The Shah of Iran arrived in Ankara on Tuesday (28 October) for a five-day state visit to Turkey surrounded by extensive security precautions.
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Background: The Shah of Iran arrived in Ankara on Tuesday (28 October) for a five-day state visit to Turkey surrounded by extensive security precautions.
The visit is regarded as a sign of growing warmth between wealthy Iran and its economically ailing neighbour. It follows Iran's agreement this month to give Turkey credits worth 1200 million US dollars (600 million pounds sterling).
The two leaders were expected to discuss establishing a joint armaments industry and the possibility of further joint economic and agro-industrial projects.
A 21-gun salute greeted the Iranian monarch as he stepped from his Boeing 727 jet with his wife the Empress Farah. President Fahri Koruturk, who visited Iran last June, and scores of other Turkish dignitaries were at the welcoming ceremony at the capital's airport.
Roads to the airport were sealed off before the Shah arrived, with armed troops standing at short intervals on his route into the city. Police and soldiers formed a chain along the Ataturk Boulevard, Ankara's main street.
On Wednesday (29 October) unidentified attackers hurled bombs at the Turkish-Iranian Friendship Society and the British Consulate in Istanbul, damaging cars and windows. The attack on the Friendship Society appeared to be a protest at the Shah's visit and followed a rash of posters protesting against the Iranian monarch.
The Iranian Consulate in Ankara is under heavy police guard -- another part of the tight security surrounding the Shah's presence.
The Iranian leader's visit coincides with celebrations for the 52nd anniversary of the Turkish Republic which was marked on Wednesday with a military parade and fly-past.
Security was again tight, also because of fears of new extremist attacks after last week's assassinations of Turkey's ambassadors to Austria snd France.
Iran is heavily dependent on Turkish ports, roads, railways and storage arrangements for its imports from western Europe and its credits are intended to improve Turkey's transit facilities.