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Rouhani, Erdogan Discuss Fight against Terror, US Sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, exchanged views about a range of issues, including the latest developments in the Middle East and the world.

In the meeting, held in New York on Monday evening, Rouhani stressed the necessity to speed up the implementation of agreements reached between Tehran and Ankara.

He said Iran welcomes the active presence of Turkish investors and companies in the Islamic Republic’s development projects.

He also underlined the importance of mutual cooperation between the two countries in efforts to resolve the Syrian issue and said Tehran is ready to help the issue of Syria’s Idlib within the framework of trilateral talks between Iran, Turkey, and Russia.

Erdogan, for his part, called for closer ties between the two countries in the era of US sanctions on Iran and said Ankara will side with Tehran to counter the embargoes.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Rouhani arrived in New York on Sunday evening to participate in the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

Speaking to reporters at John F. Kennedy International Airport upon his arrival, Rouhani said he will have sideline meetings and interviews during the trip.

Citing the “different atmosphere” of this year’s General Assembly meeting, the president said, “Americans have unfortunately reneged on many of their commitments across the world, including their commitments under the JCPOA.”

The president also said that the UNGA provides an opportunity for a better explication of the US breach of international regulations.

On May 8, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

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