Iran's Vice President for International Affairs Ali Sa'eidlou arrived here in Turkey Wednesday to confer the latest regional and international affairs with Turkish high-ranking officials, IRNA reported.
Sa'eidlou who also heads the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) between Iran and Turkey is scheduled to submit Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's invitation letter to his Turkish counterpart, President Abdullah Gul, for participation in the forthcoming 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Tehran
Sa'eidlou arrived in Turkey for a two day visit on Wednesday night and was welcomed by Turkish high-ranking officials at the airport.
He is scheduled to meet the Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Rajab Tayeb Erdogan and Turkish Minister of Development Cevdet Yilmaz and some other Turkish high-ranking officials on Thursday and Friday.
Iran and Turkey joint economic meeting will be also held under the Presidency of Yilmaz and Saidlu.
Iran and Turkey cooperate in a wide variety of fields that range from fighting terrorism, drug trafficking, and promoting stability in Iraq and Central Asia.
Iran and Turkey also have very close trade and economic relations. Both countries are part of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). Turkey receives many Iranian tourists each year and economically benefits from Iranian tourism.
Turkey is one of the advocates of Iran's peaceful nuclear program in the international community. In May 2010, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made an trip to Tehran in coordination with Brazilian President Lula da Silva to make an agreement to outsource Iranian uranium enrichment to his country to avoid further sanctions on Iran. Turkey has been also host to some rounds of Iran and G5+1 talks.
In case of NAM Summit in Tehran, it should be noted that the 16th summit meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member countries in Tehran will bring forward more steps to eliminate world problems and help the resolution of ongoing crisis in every corner of the world, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said recently in an interview with IRNA.
'All required arrangements with regards to the NAM meeting in Tehran late summer have been made according to the scheduled timetable," he added.
The 16th NAM summit will be held in Tehran from August 26-31.
During the NAM summit meeting, the Islamic Republic of Iran will receive the NAM rotating chairmanship for the next three-year period.