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In a meeting with Turkish PM:

President calls for boosting Iran-Turkey relations in all fields

President Hassan Rouhani urged enhanced cordial relations between Iran and Turkey as two Muslim nations in all fields.

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Wed 29 - January 2014 - 18:47

“The expansion of cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey, as two powerful countries in the region, will frustrate terrorist activities,” Dr.Rouhani said in a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on Wednesday.
He called for boosting ties between the private sectors of the two countries in an effort to improve economic cooperation.
Tehran and Ankara can expand mutual relations in all economic sectors including construction of power plants and refineries as well as industrial, oil and gas cooperation, the Iranian president added.
President has stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation with Turkey to thwart terrorist activities in the Middle East.
“We (Iran and Turkey) have the same views on important regional issues including fight against terrorism and extremism,” the president stated.
Dr.Rouhani underlined that only the Syrian people are entitled to the right to decide the fate and future of their country, and added, "Iran-Turkey cooperation on other regional issues, especially those related to neighbors' security which are among the two countries' common concerns, should develop as well."
Iran and Turkey are both trying to return to the golden age of their relations after a period of recession in ties due to their differences on certain regional issues, especially over Syria.
“Iran and Turkey should also improve cooperation in other regional issues pertaining to neighbors’ security which is among common issues between the two countries,” Dr.Rouhani said.
Erdogan said Iran and Turkey share common concerns over the spread of terrorism in the region.
He reiterated that terrorist groups operating under the name of Islam have nothing to do with Islam.
Turkish prime minister said Iran and Turkey are the most powerful countries in the region, adding, ˈTurkeyˈs national goal is to expand all-out ties with Iran.ˈ
He said Turkey wants to enhance level of trade with Iran from dlrs15 billion to $30 billion by 2015.
Referring to longstanding ties between Iran and Turkey, Erdogan called for further promotion of the brotherly and good neighborly ties between the two nations as a base for cementing political, economical and cultural cooperation.
He said that Turkey is willing to expand economic relations with Iran so that they can sign a free trade agreement.
At the end of the meeting, Rouhani and Erdogan signed the document for the establishment of a high council for political cooperation between Iran and Turkey.

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