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Dr Rouhani in a phone call with the Turkish counterpart:

Iran, Turkey ready to use national currency in mutual trade/Tehran, Ankara responsible to save Syrians, especially in eastern Ghouta/Turkey should use its influence to end terrorists’ siege of women, children in Al-Fu’ah, Kafriya

The presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey emphasised in a telephone call that details of the use of the two countries' national currency in mutual trade was final and ready for implementation; a move that could create a leap in Tehran-Ankara economic cooperation.

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Dr Hassan Rouhani had a telephone conversation with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey on Wednesday evening, and said: “The finalisation of the details of using the national currency of the two countries in mutual trade is a good move and good news for the two nations who are continually calling for a deepening of Tehran-Ankara cooperation”.

The president also underscored the importance of ways of further development of Tehran-Ankara ties and cooperation, as well as consultation in bilateral, regional and international issues, stating the need to maintain the security of the common borders and address concerns.

He also said that Tehran was ready to develop cooperation with Ankara in fields such as security, law enforcement and guarding borders.

Dr Rouhani also referred to the situation in Syria and emphasised that at the current stage, Iran and Turkey, as two Muslim neighbours of Syria, have a heavy responsibility, stressing: "We should all try to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in eastern Ghouta, and Tehran and Ankara have a heavy responsibility to save the Syrian people, especially in the area”.

The president stressed: “Tehran and Ankara should make every effort to establish a lasting cease-fire”.

Describing preventing terrorists from shelling Damascus from eastern Ghouta and ensuring the security of the capital, along with the creation of a safe tunnel for getting civilians out of the area, as well as attempts to clean eastern Ghouta from terrorists a positive move for establishing security in that area, and called on the Turkish government to use its influence to achieve these goals.

"If the capital of a country is attacked by terrorists, it is very hard for any government to bear it," the president said, referring to the fact that terrorists shell Damascus from eastern Ghouta.

Dr Rouhani added: "If there is a success in this regard and there is no attack by the terrorists, then it will be possible to call on other parties to stop the attacks”.

The President also noted the importance of cooperation between Iran, Turkey and Russia on the Syrian crisis and the summit of foreign ministers of the three countries in Astana and the upcoming summit in Istanbul, saying: “The Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared to take any possible action in eastern Ghouta for a ceasefire and send humanitarian aid to the people of this area with the help of all countries and international organisations”.

Dr Rouhani also called on the Turkish government to use its best efforts to end terrorists’ siege of women and children in Al-Fu’ah and Kafriya.

The president of Turkey said in the telephone call that the issue of using the national currency of the two countries in the business transactions was ready for implementation, adding: “This could bring economic relations between the two countries into a new stage”.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the situation of eastern Ghouta a tragedy and said that the two countries should use all their efforts as two Muslim and great countries of the region, and to end the tragedy with each other’s help.

“If we can begin and guarantee the continuation of the ceasefire through calls and consultation, we can take the next steps together," Erdoğan said, confirming the necessity of stopping the terrorists’ mortar attacks on Damascus from eastern Ghouta.

He also expressed hope that these issues would be discussed at the foreign ministers' meeting and the summit of the heads of states of the three countries of Iran, Russia and Turkey in Astana and Istanbul.

The presidents of the two countries also said in the phone call that they would continue their consultations and joint efforts to end the conflicts in Syria, and in particular in eastern Ghouta, and will issue the required orders in this regard.

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