Iran, Turkey form strategic cooperation council: Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Iran and Turkey have established a high council for strategic cooperation for the first time in the history of mutual relations.
“Different topics pertaining to mutual issues were raised at the meeting of the High Council for Strategic Cooperation,” Rouhani told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.
After the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, Tehran has always maintained good relations with Turkey as a strong neighboring Muslim country, “which is very important to us,” he added.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey share common views on bilateral issues as well as other regional and international questions,” the Iranian president pointed out.
Rouhani noted that in his talks with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Monday and at the meeting of the high council, the two sides agreed to double mutual trade.
According to the figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), the Iran-Turkey trade turnover stood at USD 3.256 billion in the first quarter of 2014. The two countries are determined to increase their trade volume to 30 billion dollars by 2015.
President Rouhani further said Tehran and Ankara have a common stance on the nuclear issue.
“The two countries see eye to eye on the fight against violence and extremism as well as [efforts] to rid the [Middle East] region of weapons of mass destruction because this issue is important not only at a regional level but at an international level,” he added.
He noted that Iran and Turkey share common goals on regional issues, but have different views on certain topics and have agreed to resolve them.
Rouhani paid an official two-day visit to Ankara on Monday and Tuesday at the head of a high-ranking delegation.