Progress of Iran and Turkey is in the interest of the countries in the region and the world - President Ahmadinejad
Given "the imminent fall of arrogant powers" Middle Eastern countries, especially Iran and Turkey, need to boost ties, says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Press TV reported.
In a Saturday meeting with the visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, President Ahmadinejad said that "the progress of Iran and Turkey is in the interest of the countries in the region and the world," IRNA reported.
The Iranian president pointed out that there were numerous fields for further expansion of relations between Tehran and Ankara. "Bilateral relations between Iran and Turkey should be expanded in various fields namely, energy."
The Turkish foreign minister for his part stressed that "with respect to the current world status, improvement and expansion of ties between Iran and Turkey is necessary."
Davutoglu also congratulated President Ahmadinejad's re-election with a landslide and passed a written congratulatory message from the Turkish President Abdullah Gul.
The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is on a two-day visit to Iran. During his visit he also held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani.
In his meeting with Larijani, Davutoglu said that "Turkey supports Iran's continued talks with the west" with respect to the country's nuclear energy program.
"Obtaining nuclear knowledge and technology for peaceful purposes is the right of all countries who have signed the [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] NPT, including Iran," the Turkish diplomat said, adding that Iran "should not be deprived of this right."