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Vaezi highlights private sector's role in boosting Iran-Turkey relations

Tehran, March 5, IRNA – Iran’s Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi highlighted the role of private sector companies in boosting relations between Iran and Tureky.

In a meeting with Turkey’s Minister of Development Cevdet Yilma here on Saturday, he called for further expansion of mutual relations.

As two neighboring countries with very long old historical and cultural bonds, he said, Iran and Turkey should retain their relations in the highest level possible and not allow political developments to overshadow trade ties.

Vaezi referred to energy, banking, transportation, customs, cultural tourism and technology exchanges as potential field of cooperation and said the two countries should re-build their old relations by trying to mend infra-structures.

The Turkish minister said short-term developments will not affect relations between Iran and Turkey.

He said his country was determined to promote the level of relations between the two nations by speey holding of joint economic commission.

Yilmaz is accompanying Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Tehran.

Davutoglu, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Tehran on Saturday morning to mark the first official visit by a Turkish premier in the wake of the nuclear Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

He is accompanied by ministers of economy, customs and trade, energy, transport, communications and development, government officials and representatives of major Turkish media.

The visit follows consultations between the two countries' foreign ministries with the objective of expansion and strengthening of political, cultural, and economic relations.

Davutoglu is also slated to meet Foreign Minister Mohmmad Javad Zarif and also pay a courtesy call on President Hassan Rouhani.

Considering the combination of the Turkish prime minister's entourage, economic and trade issues will top the agenda of his meetings in Tehran including achieving the 30-billion-dollar outlook in Iran-Turkey commercial ties.

Turkey intends to give a new impetus to its trade ties with neighboring Iran following removal of sanctions through a more active role by its private sector in order to take the rising golden opportunity in Iran's economy.

Following Davutoglu's visit to Iran, the upcoming visits by President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif to Turkey are on the schedule.

The 25th round of Iran-Turkey Joint Economic Cooperation Council is scheduled to convene in Turkey later this year.

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