Iran’s ambassador calls for expansion of ties with Turkey

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Baku, Azerbaijan, May 29

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iranian Ambassador to Ankara, Alireza Bigdeli said the Islamic Republic attaches great importance to expanding ties with Turkey.

Bigdeli made the remarks at a conference focusing on "Iran-Turkey cooperation in light of Eurasia development", which opened in Ankara on May 29, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.

Iranian ambassador underscored that the upcoming visit of president Hassan Rouhani to Turkey would open a new chapter in expansion of mutual cooperation between the two countries.

Iran and Turkey serve as the point of interaction in the Eurasia region, he said, adding that the two countries should perform joints strategic projects in the fields of transport and energy in the future.

Rouhani is planned to make on an official visit to Turkey in early June.

Tehran and Ankara are determined to increase their bilateral trade in different fields, including economy, energy, tourism, and culture.

The two sides intend to increase their trade volume to $30 billion by 2015.

The two countries' trade turnover stood at $13.5 billion in 2013, according to IRNA. Iran's oil and gas exports accounted for $7.6 billion of the mentioned amount, while Turkey's exports to Iran were a little more than $4 billion.

The trade turnover between the two countries was around $22 billion in 2012. Iran and Turkey eye to increase their bilateral trade to $100 billion in nine years.

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