Turkey says premier to go to Iran, Iraq as mediator
Ankara, Turkey — Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ulusu will visit Tehran, Iran, and Baghdad, Iraq, shortly to mediate in the war between Iran and Iraq, a senior government official said Tuesday. The official, declining to be named, said the trip was an independent peace initiative by Turkey.
Meanwhile, an alleged shake-up in the Iranian government has been reported. Citing political sources in Tehran, a US news agency said Iran's Supreme Court president, Ayatollah Abdel-Karim Mahdavi-Kani, reportedly resigned in a purge of religious extremists meant to ease Arab fears of Islamic expansionism. The report also said Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini will dispatch a team shortly to reassure Arab states that the Gulf war is not aimed at the overthrow of their regimes.