Turkish president arrives in Tehran
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 7
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has today arrived in Tehran, heading a a high-ranking delegation which includes a number of Turkish ministers.
The one-day visit is taking place at the invitation of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Erdogan was welcomed in Tehran's international Mehrabad airport by Iran's Communications and Information Technology Minister Mahmoud Vaezi, the country's state IRINN TV channel reported.
Erdogan is scheduled to meet with senior Iranian officials including Rouhani and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The parties are planned to exchange the views on issues of mutual interests, as well as latest regional and global developments in particular ongoing civil war in Yemen as well as developments in Iraq and Syria.
Boosting economic cooperation also will be on the parties' agenda. The second meeting of the High Level Cooperation Council between the two countries will be also held during Erdogan's visit.
The first meeting of the council was held in Ankara in June 2014 when President Rouhani visited Turkey.
Tehran and Ankara intend to increase their trade volume to $30 billion in the current year. The two states have signed a preferential trade agreement that could pave the way for a hike in bilateral trade. The two countries' trade turnover stood at $13.7 billion in 2014, according to the data released by the Turkish Statistics Institute.
The trade turnover between Turkey and Iran stood at $22 billion in 2012 before dipping to $14.5 billion in the following year due to the economic sanctions imposed on Tehran by the West.
The two sides are determined not to allow the political tensions to affect the economic goals.
The Tehran-Ankara disagreement is more noticeable in Syria where, while Tehran supports President Bashar Assad, Ankara backs some of the opposition groups fighting Damascus.
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