Ahmadinejad: Iran, Turkey's Progress Benefits Whole World
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a meeting with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek on Sunday said that the progress and development of the two countries would benefit both nations and the entire globe, Fars News Agency reported.
Referring to Tehran-Ankara's amicable ties, Ahmadinejad reiterated that the Islamic Republic of Iran considers progress of Turkey as its own progress.
He also underlined the need for expansion of cultural relations between the two neighboring states, and called for a boost in all-out bilateral cooperation.
Elsewhere, the Iranian president lamented that the big powers are making efforts to hamper progress and development of world nations, and regretted that the big powers only think about their own interests.
Both Iran and Turkey shoulder great responsibilities with regards to other nations since the world is facing a new situation, he added.
Cicek, for his part, stressed that Ankara attaches great importance to its ties with Tehran. Cooperation with Iran is Turkey's fundamental and principled policy, he added.
He said further expansion of all-out ties between the two states would bring about peace, stability and security to the region.
Ankara is trying to boost ties with Tehran to its highest possible level, he added.
The presidents of Iraq, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan as well as the Azeri foreign minister and Turkish deputy premier attended the Norouz Celebrations.
Meaning 'new day,' Norouz is celebrated by over 300 million people worldwide.
Norouz was registered on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on September 30, 2009.