Trade ties, Syrian crisis on top of Erdogan’s agenda in Tehran

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 22

By Rahim Zamanov - Trend:

Boosting economic ties, facilitating relations between the two countries' central banks, and discussing the Syrian crisis will be on top of the agenda of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's upcoming visit to Tehran, an official with Turkish embassy in Iran, Mustafa Ali, said on Jan. 22, Iranian IRNA News Agency reported.

Turkish prime minister is scheduled to visit Tehran on January 28-29.

"Enhancing economic relations is the main goal of the prime minister's visit to Tehran," he said.

"The two countries' trade volume currently stands at around $30 billion," he said, adding that the figure is scheduled to reach $100 billion in nine years.

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangane held a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Anakra on Jan. 21, the Iranian IRIB News Agency reported.

"During the meeting we reached some good agreements to boost bilateral trade ties," Zanganeh added.

"Each country will form a group to continue the negotiations, so that we can finalize the agreements and sign the memorandums of understanding during Turkish prime minister's visit to Tehran," he added.

Iranian oil minister also held a meeting with Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız.

Iran-Turkey trade declined to 16 billion dollars in 2013 from 22 billion dollars in 2012.

Iran and Turkey have set a long- term target of $100 billion for annual trade transactions.

The two countries have always stressed that their short-term annual trade target should be about 30-35 billion dollars.

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