Envoy: Turkey not to lose friendly ties with Iran
Turkey's Ambassador to Iran Umit Yardim stressed the two countries' resolve to maintain and boost their good relations, and stressed that Turkey attaches great importance to its ties with Iran and will keep these relations strong at any cost, Fars News reported.
Speaking to FNA, Yardim pointed to the recent visit to Iran by Turkish Prime Minister Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and stated, "Erdogan's visit to Iran after the meeting in Seoul had this special message that Iran is very important to Turkey."
"Turkey may not lose its friendship with Iran at any price," Yardim reiterated.
"Turkey and Iran are two great neighbors of each other and we have had and do have good cooperation," the ambassador said, and added, "Leaders of the two countries are striving to continue these good relations, and we try to keep this cooperation continued."
Also earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a telephone conversation with Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Saeed Jalili lauded the two neighboring countries' ties as "strategic and friendly".
During the conversation on Friday, Davutoglu praised Iran's proposal for Iraq to hold the upcoming talks between Tehran and the six major world powers as "wise".
He also reiterated Ankara's Preparedness to host the negotiations.
Iraq's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari has welcomed the proposal by Tehran calling on Baghdad to host the new round of the talks between Iran and Group 5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia and the US plus Germany.)
Iran's proposal was made during a meeting between Zebari and a high-ranking Iranian delegation, headed by Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Undersecretary Ali Baqeri and the SNSC Director-General for Arab Affairs Reza Amiri in Baghdad on Tuesday.
The last meeting between the two sides took place in Istanbul in January 2011. Iran and the G5+1 had also held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December 2010.