Rouhani, Erdogan express concern over effects of US sanctions
Tehran, Iran, Dec. 20
Rouhani and Erdogan expressed concern about the effects and damage of unilateral US sanctions on people's lives, cooperation, prosperity and regional stability.
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani and President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a joint statement issued at the end of the fifth meeting of the High Council of Strategic Relations insisted that any necessary steps to increase trade between them will be taken by strengthening the existing mechanisms, Trend reports citing Tasnim.
The presidents of the two countries also jointly expressed their deep regret over the withdrawal of the US from JCPOA and unfair sanctions imposed by the US on Iran, and expressed their concerns over the effect of the sanctions on the lives of innocent people and on regional trade, prosperity and stability.
The foreign ministers of the two countries attended the meeting as coordinators.
The two sides expressed their desire to take any necessary steps to increase trade by strengthening existing mechanisms, such as the joint economic commission, identifying new areas of economic cooperation and developing appropriate measures to bring about closer business partnerships.
Providing better conditions for investors in the two countries, facilitating the transportation of goods and enhancing private sector participation in business and cooperation were also the parts of the final joint statement.
The two sides reaffirmed the need for full implementation of JCPOA with the commitments of all parties.
Iran and Turkey emphasized the importance of working with international organizations, such as the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the D-8, both of which are their members.
A document on press and media cooperation and a memorandum of understanding on health cooperation were signed in the presence of the presidents.