Iran, Turkey stress ties as cornerstone to regional stability

Iran, Turkey stress ties as cornerstone to regional stability

Tehran, Iran, March 19

By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

Iran and Turkey have stressed mutual friendly relations as key to regional peace and stability.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul, Turkey to discuss political and economic relations, IRNA news agency reported March 19.

"The improvement of Iran-Turkey relations will not only serve the two countries, but regional peace and stability," Erdoğan said during the meeting.

"The Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) is our common enemy and talks with Iran in all areas are important to us," the Turkish president asserted.

Addressing economic ties, he said the two countries should improve their bilateral trade level to $30 billion per annum.

The two states have signed a preferential trade agreement that could pave the way for a rise in the bilateral trade. The two countries' trade turnover stood at $13.7 billion in 2014, according to the data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute.

Zarif, for his part, called for the best of relations between the two neighbor countries especially under current circumstances.

"Cooperation between the two countries can be useful and effective. We can provide a good example of religious proximity rather than religious divide," the Iranian foreign minister said.

Before meeting Erdoğan, Zarif met with Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, where they discussed cooperation over the current Syrian crisis in particular.

The Iranian foreign minister is slated to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu while in Turkey.

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