Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation with Turkey to thwart terrorist activities in the Middle East.
“The expansion of cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey, as two powerful countries in the region, will frustrate terrorist activities,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on Wednesday.
“We (Iran and Turkey) have the same views on important regional issues including fight against terrorism and extremism,” the Iranian president stated.
He added that Tehran and Ankara also share common views on the importance of providing the Syrian people with humanitarian aid, particularly in winter, in an effort to resolve part of their problems.
The two countries believe that only the Syrian people must decide about their country’s future, he pointed out.
“Iran and Turkey should also improve cooperation in other regional issues pertaining to neighbors’ security which is among common issues between the two countries,” Rouhani said.
He urged enhanced cordial relations between Iran and Turkey as two Muslim nations in all fields.
He called for boosting ties between the private sectors of the two countries in an effort to improve economic cooperation.
Tehran and Ankara can expand mutual relations in all economic sectors including construction of power plants and refineries as well as industrial, oil and gas cooperation, the Iranian president added.
The Turkish premier, for his part, said Iran and Turkey are the most powerful countries in the region and added that Ankara seeks to increase the level of economic ties with Tehran to 30 billion dollars by 2015.
He emphasized that Turkey would strengthen cooperation with Iran to counter terrorist groups.
At the end of the meeting, Rouhani and Erdogan signed the document for the establishment of a high council for political cooperation between Iran and Turkey for the first time after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. The council will pave the way for broader cooperation between the two countries.
The Turkish prime minister wrapped up his official two-day visit to Iran and left Tehran for Ankara on Wednesday.
During his stay in Tehran, Erdogan held key talks with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, President Rouhani and First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri.