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Iran, Turkey seek $30bn trade ties
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul attend a joint press conference in Tehran on February 14, 2011.
Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:26AM
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expressed the country's firm determination to increase the value of annual trade ties with Turkey to 30 billion dollars.

“We are determined to immediately reach the value of our annual trade ties with Turkey to 30 billion dollars through the expansion of all-out cooperation,” said the Iranian president in a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul in the Iranian capital city of Tehran on Monday.

He added that the value of Iran's trade ties with Turkey surpassed 10 billion dollars last year and noted that the two countries have the capabilities to upgrade their trade to $30 billion.

President Ahmadinejad emphasized that a joint venture between Tehran and Ankara in various fields of electricity and energy would be added to the figure.

“Iran and Turkey enjoy deep, brotherly and enduring relations,” the Iranian chief executive said, adding the two countries have been bolstering ties in different fields during recent years.

President Ahmadinejad pointed to “very good” bilateral cooperation on regional issues and said, “Common views and cooperation between Iran and Turkey will be beneficial to peace, security and the expansion of relations in the region.”

He emphasized that bolstering cooperation “will turn the region into a big cultural, political and economic hub.”

The Iranian president expressed Tehran's support for Ankara's rights in all international bodies and said, “I am confident that Turkey will also support the rights of the Iranian nation in all international circles.”

He also expressed his appreciation for Turkey's adoption of an appropriate stance on Iran's inalienable nuclear rights and the country's efforts to host the latest round of comprehensive talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Russia, China, France, Britain and the US, plus Germany (P5+1) on January 21-22.

The head of the Supreme National Security Council noted that the multifaceted talks between Iran and P5+1 were successful for both sides and the Turkish government as well.

“Independent and civilized countries like Iran and Turkey enjoy a high position in international relations because the most important political issues and their solutions were discussed in Istanbul,” President Ahmadinejad said.

The Turkish president, for his part, said the Middle East region is facing fundamental developments that were expected beforehand.

Gul added that all regional governments should take heed of demands of their nations, stressing, “When leader and presidents of countries do not pay attention to popular demands, people will take the matters in their own hands.”

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