Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad has canceled his planned visit to Turkey, Ankara's news agency Today Zaman reported Sunday.
A Turkish diplomatic source confirmed that the visit, planned for Monday, was canceled, but the report was not corroborated by any official Iranian source.
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News of the visit's cancellation followed a statement by Iranian Chief of Staff General Hassan Firouzabadi, who warned the West Saturday that deploying Patriot batteries along the Turkey-Syria border may trigger "a world war."
The Patriots, along with some 400 ground troops, were sent the Turkey following Ankara's request for NATO assistance vis-à-vis the growing tension between the country and Syria.
Once close allies, tensions between Ankara and Damascus have been steadily growing as the attempts by Syrian President Bashar Assad to crush the rebels trying to topple his regime have been escalating.
Ahmadinejad and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last met in October, in Baku, Azerbaijan, as part of a regional cooperation summit.
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