Iran, Turkey promote bilateral ties despite divide over Syria
Iran and Turkey have emphasized their determination to further promote their bilateral relations in various spheres, particularly in the economic, trade and energy sectors.
In a statement issued following the first meeting of Joint Iran-Turkey Supreme Cooperation Council on Monday, Tehran and Ankara called for the enhancement of their neighborly ties in the areas of mutual interest.
Iran and Turkey also stressed the need for the expansion of bilateral economic and commercial ties in an effort to bring about prosperity for the two neighboring nations and help boost regional security.
The two sides also pledged to exhaust all efforts to increase the volume of their trade exchanges to some USD 30 billion in about two years.
Tehran and Ankara agreed to strengthen cooperation in the energy sector and tap into all existing potentials to that effect.
According to the statement, senior Iranian and Turkish officials exchanged views on Tehran’s nuclear energy program, stressing the right of Iran and all member states of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to have nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
The high-level council described extremism and violence in all forms as one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.
The participants also voiced support for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s proposal, World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE), based on which the UN General Assembly adopted a nuclear disarmament resolution in December 2013.
During the meeting, which was chaired by President Rouhani and Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Iranian and Turkish authorities discussed the latest developments in the Middle East.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, the Iranian president paid an official visit to Ankara on Monday for two days of talks with senior Turkish officials.