Terrorism a key problem in region requiring common combat/Iran ready to deepen ties with Turkey in energy, industry, transportation

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran met with the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday on the sidelines of the tripartite Sochi summit, and described terrorism as one of the most important problems in the region that requires common combat.

Thu 14 - February 2019 - 15:29

Stating that Iran and Turkey are determined to fight terrorism and cooperate in this issue, Dr Hassan Rouhani said, “Unfortunately, terrorists groups in the region are being supported by foreign powers, especially the United States for years”.

On bilateral cooperation between Iran and Turkey, he said, “We hope that the obstacles on the way of implementing other agreements between the two countries would be removed”.

Cooperation between the two countries, especially between the private sectors is very good, he said, adding, “Deepening banking transactions is prerequisite to development of these ties”.

Iran is ready to develop relations with Turkey in energy, industry and transportation, said Rouhani, adding, “It is essential that the authorities of the joint commission of cooperation accelerate the process of implementing these agreements”.

Referring to the tripartite summit of Iran, Russia and Turkey in on Syria in Sochi, Dr Rouhani said, “While we are taking new steps for boosting stability in the region and fighting terrorism in Syria, some who are sponsoring terrorists are hatching plots against the region in Warsaw”.

During the meeting, the President of Turkey said, “We will continue our bilateral and regional cooperation with Iran against terrorism”.

“Turkey is ready to join the SPV and create a similar bilateral mechanism for trade cooperation with Iran,” he said.

He said, “Multilateral cooperation with Iran on different issues has had positive achievements and Turkey is ready to expand this cooperation to other countries in the region”.

Erdoğan also condemned the terrorist attack against IRGC members and congratulated the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

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