Erdogan says Turkey will cooperate with Iran to counter terrorism (UPDATE)
Details were added (the first version was posted at 21:31)
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey will cooperate with Iran on campaign against terrorism, IRNA reported.
Erdogan says Turkey will cooperate with Iran to counter terrorism
In a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani, Erdogan said Iran and Turkey share common concerns over the spread of terrorism in the region.
He reiterated that terrorist groups operating under the name of Islam have nothing to do with Islam.
Turkish prime minister said Iran and Turkey are the most powerful countries in the region, adding, ˈTurkeyˈs national goal is to expand all-out ties with Iran.ˈ
He said Turkey wants to enhance level of trade with Iran from dlrs 15 billion to $30 billion by 2015.
Referring to longstanding ties between Iran and Turkey, Erdogan called for further promotion of the brotherly and good neighborly ties between the two nations as a base for cementing political, economical and cultural cooperation.
He said that Turkey is willing to expand economic relations with Iran so that they can sign a free trade agreement.
Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister had a meeting with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said existing opportunities must be properly used in Tehran-Ankara relations.
Ayatollah Khamenei described the current brotherly and friendly relations between the two countries as unparalleled in recent centuries.
Erdogan described Iran-Turkey high-level cooperation council mechanism as important, saying continued bilateral meetings would be held in the future to further expand relations.