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Salehi: Turkish president to visit Iran soon

Iran Materials 18 January 2011 07:12
Turkish President Abdullah Gul is scheduled to pay a visit to Iran, in line with the two neighbors' determination to promote bilateral ties, Iran's caretaker foreign minister says, Press TV reported.
Salehi: Turkish president to visit Iran soon

Turkish President Abdullah Gul is scheduled to pay a visit to Iran, in line with the two neighbors' determination to promote bilateral ties, Iran's caretaker foreign minister says, Press TV reported.

"Iran and Turkey have close relations and as such there's a need for frequent consultations at different levels," IRNA quoted Ali Akbar Salehi as saying in Ankara on Monday.

The Iranian official further said that President Gul's upcoming visit to Tehran underlines the large extent of cooperation between the two countries.

Salehi, who is on a one-day visit to Ankara also pointed out that Iran and Turkey are progressing toward peace, stability and security and seek similar objectives in the region.

He made a reference to the trade volume between Iran and its northwestern neighbor and said efforts are underway to boost the trade level from last year's $10 billion to $30 billion in near future.

Salehi is scheduled to meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu ahead of multifaceted talks between the country and the P5+1.

He plans on discussing the upcoming meeting of Iran and the P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the US plus Germany -- along with other regional developments.

Iran and the P5+1 representatives held their last round of multifaceted talks in Geneva on December 6 and 7, during which both sides agreed to hold the next round of negotiations in the Turkish city of Istanbul on January.

Although Turkey will not be directly involved in this round of Iran-P5+1 negotiations, the Turkish foreign minister has expressed hope that the Istanbul talks would be constructive.

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