Iran Keen to Enhance Mutual Cooperation with Turkey

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic is interested in boosting bilateral and regional relations with Turkey.

In a Wednesday meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, Rouhani said Tehran welcomes the involvement of Turkish investors in Iran’s oil, gas, and transportation projects.

During the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Rouhani also said that the agreement to use local currencies in bilateral trade must be implemented as soon as possible.

Talking about the recent decision by the President of the United States about Jerusalem al-Quds, Rouhani said the move angered all Muslims and freedom-seekers in the world.

“Fortunately, the Muslim World showed solidarity with Palestinians to defend the rights of people in the holy land of Palestine and stood up against this conspiracy.”

Elsewhere in his statements, Rouhani noted that the cooperation between the two countries must continue to promote security and stability in Syria

The regional countries, especially Iran and Turkey, must have long-term cooperation in fight against terrorism given their common vision regarding fight against terrorism in the region, he added.

In turn, Erdogan referred to the high level of participation of heads of OIC member states in the meeting, and expressed the hope that the unity among Muslims would lead to taking major steps in securing the rights of the Palestinian people.

Erdogan also highlighted the need for development of Tehran-Ankara ties saying that cooperation between the two countries must be promoted in all fields.

He concluded that Turkey and Iran must root out terrorism in the region with more cooperation.

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