Iran, Turkey discuss closer cooperation
Iran and Turkey discuss the promotion of mutual relations in different fields, stressing that closer cooperation will benefit both nations as well as other regional countries, Press TV reported.
Officials and experts from both countries, who took part in the 22nd meeting of the Iran-Turkey Joint Economic Cooperation Commission underscored the need to boost economic, trade, transportation, energy, industrial, agricultural, environmental, tourism and healthcare ties among other things.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi highlighted the existing potentials of both countries and said increasing the trade volume to USD 30 billion in five years' time "is not a far-fetched idea."
The Iranian co-chair of the commission said Iran and Turkey account for half of the overall scientific articles presented by Muslim countries, which shows the two nations enjoy great potential in different scientific and technological areas.
Salehi said the enhancement of mutual cooperation would not only benefit the two nations, but also serve the interests of regional countries as well, a statement by the Iranian Foreign Ministry read.
The top Iranian diplomat said Iran and Turkey share secure borders, and proposed the formation of a union which would advance the interests of both countries.