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Turkey seeks enhanced all-out relations with Iran: PM

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Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Iran and Turkey play a leading role in the Middle East, expressing his country’s determination to improve comprehensive cooperation with the Islamic Republic.

Turkey regards Iran as a friendly country and the Turkish government seeks to expand relations with Tehran in all spheres, including regional developments, Yildirim told reporters in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday.

He said that Tehran and Ankara have a great responsibility vis-à-vis regional issues, adding that no extra-regional country is affected by developments in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Palestine as much as Iran and Turkey.

The Turkish premier went on to say that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would pay a visit to Ankara soon, and that bilateral relations would become more dynamic in the near future.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani traveled to Ankara in April and held talks with senior Turkish officials. During the visit, Rouhani said Iran and Turkey have minor differences on certain regional issues but must boost cooperation in the campaign against terrorism.

“Such minor differences of opinion are also natural and we are ready for more consultations, particularly for the fight against terrorism and the correct presentation of Islam to the world,” Rouhani told reporters in Ankara after he and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan oversaw the signing of eight cooperation documents.

The Iranian president said Tehran and Ankara see eye to eye on some issues, including opposition to the disintegration of any country and foreign intervention in the internal affairs of regional states, the necessity for putting an end to war and bloodshed in the region, fighting all types of terrorism in a decisive fashion, and the determination of every country’s future by its own nation.


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