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Beginning of the new chapter of Tehran - Ankara ties:

Dr.Rouhani, Gul stressed the necessity for increasing their bilateral trade to $30bln

Iranian and Turkish officials have repeatedly stressed the necessity for stronger relations and increasing their bilateral trade to $30bln by 2015.

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Mon 09 - June 2014 - 17:01

President Hassan Rouhani underlined the necessity for the establishment of peace and stability in the regional states, especially in Syria, and said Tehran and Ankara are determined to fight extremism and terrorism.
Dr.Rouhani said in a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul in Ankara on Monday.
"Iran and Turkey are resolved to fight violence, extremism and terrorism and they use all their possibilities and power to this end and they are determined to increase their cooperation and spare no efforts in this regard," said Dr.Rouhani.
He further stressed that ending war, bloodshed and killings in the region and establishment of peace and security in the regional states, especially in Syria and Iraq, are among the crucial topics on which Iran and Turkey should strike an agreement and cooperate.
He also underlined the two countries' willingness to expand bilateral relations and mutual cooperation in different political, economic, cultural and tourism fields, and said Tehran and Ankara can double the volume of their trade exchanges.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that Iran and Turkey are determined to deepen bilateral relations in all areas.
He said Rouhaniˈs visit to Turkey, the first by an Iranian president in 18 years, was of historic significance.
Iran and Turkey enjoy historical and deep-rooted relations as two big regional countries, Gul said.
He said the Supreme Iran-Turkey Strategic Council due to meet later in the day indicates the importance of relations between the two neighboring countries.
He described his talks with President Rouhani as useful and said they had conferred on different issues including, politics, economy, culture and so on.
The Turkish president put Iran-Turkey trade at $15 billion and said the two countries have plans to double the figure to $30 billion.
Gul predicted that cooperation between private sectors of Iran and Turkey will witness further growth and underlined that expansion of ties between the two big regional countries will help restore peace, stability and welfare to the region.
On the dispute over Tehranˈs nuclear program, Gul noted that Turkey has always wanted the issue to be resolved through political means.
He said his country wants the Middle East region to get rid of weapons of mass destruction, but he noted that no country should be deprived of its right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
Gul said Turkey hopes that all anti-Iran sanctions would be lifted soon.

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