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President at Mehrabad Airport:

US not able to dictate to us from thousands of kilometres away/Stressing deepening of ties with Turkey as a friendly country

President stressed the need to develop relations with Turkey as a friendly country and said, “The stances of the Turkish government, as a friendly and effective country in the region, and Mr Erdoğan in the recent months against the US sanctions plots against the Islamic Republic of Iran have been very good and firm”.

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Speaking at Mehrabad Airport on Wednesday before leaving for Turkey, President Hassan Rouhani said, “This visit is taking place at the official invitation of the President of Turkey to attend the 5th Meeting of High Council for Iran-Turkey Strategic Cooperation”.

“Naturally, apart from the council meeting with presidents of both countries attending, I will have a bilateral meeting with Mr Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and ministers will have meetings with their counterparts,” he added.

He continued, “Most of our neighbours, including Turkey, have explicitly stated that the times of dictating policies by the United States to others is over and America is no longer able to dictate to the region and relations among great nations of the region from thousands of kilometres away”.

 “In this visit, bilateral, regional, global and international issues will be discussed. The majority of negotiations will be regarding economic cooperation between the two countries, banking and commercial relations, energy, oil and gas,” he continued.

 The President referred to the meeting of businesspeople of the two countries, he added, “Presidents of the two countries will be present in this meeting, and it will be a good ground for development of relations”.

Dr Rouhani added, “Economic cooperation between the two countries is currently around $10 billion, which is not enough and we have stressed in the past 2, 3 years that the cooperation should be increased to $30”.

“Removing obstacles in bilateral relations, customs, industries and other fields will also be negotiated and resolved,” he added.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also said, “South-to-North, North-to-West, and East-to-West routes are important and one of the countries that can establish a good connection between eastern and western countries, especially through railroad, is Turkey”.

He continued, “Regarding railroads, a new line is being negotiated and should be implemented; right now, the train goes from Iran to Lake Van, from where the carriages are transported by ships”.

Stating that one of the very important issues in Iran-Turkey relations with Russia is the tripartite negotiations regarding Syria, he added, “These negotiations continue and the three countries had a meeting in Geneva recently and we are at a very critical stage”.

Dr Rouhani also said that two important goals were followed in Syria, adding, “One of them was the security of Syria and return of the people of the country to their homeland, and the other was the future of Syria, which should be at the hands of the Syrians”.

The security of region and fighting terrorism have always been important topics of discussion between the two countries, he said adding, “We still need to continue cooperation on the issue of refugees and negotiate on environment”.

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