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@JavierMonjas - 17/12/2012

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An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has canceled a visit to Turkey. Mehr's Monday report said the cancellation was because of the president's busy agenda. But the decision comes during a dispute over the deployment of NATO Patriot missiles in Turkey.

Ahmadinejad was supposed to have a one-day visit Turkey on Monday to meet Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of a ceremony commemorating the 13th century poet Jalal al-din Rumi.

The Pentagon has announced it will send two batteries of the Patriot anti-missile system as part of a larger NATO force to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attacks. Iran warned Saturday against the deployment.