Iran ready for boosting bilateral ties with Turkey

Tehran, Dec 13, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani of Iran reiterated Tehran’s readiness for promoting bilateral, multilateral and regional relations with Ankara, saying that Iran welcomes involvement of the Turkish investors in the Iranian projects.

In a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Wednesday evening, President Rouhani voiced Tehran’s preparedness for boosting economic cooperation with Ankara, stressing the need for quick implementation of the agreement to conduct trade exchanges based on the two countries’ national currencies.

Noting that the US recent move to recognize the Holy Quds as the capital of the Zionist regime (Israel) harmed sentiments of the Muslims and the world freedom seekers, President Rouhani said that Washington’s move was against the will of the the Mulsim community.

'The Americans and Zionists’ plots against the Islamic world are continuing in various ways,' he said, adding. 'Fortunately, all Muslims worldwide have shown their feelings in defense of the sacred land of Palestine and stood against the anti-Islamic conspiracy.'

Appreciating holding of the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Wednesday on the Holy Quds, the Iranian president said that the meeting made the Muslims across the world hopeful toward the issue of Palestine.

'The way taken today should continue unanimously so that the US will never be able to implement this measure,' President Rouhani said.

Reiterating that the joint cooperation for strengthening stability and security in Syria should continue, he said that regional states, especially Turkey and Iran, should have long-term cooperation to fight terrorism.

President Rouhani hailed Iran-Turkey good ties in the recent years, saying, “The Sochi Summit proved that we can take good steps in line with solving regional problems in cooperation with each other.”

Tehran and Ankara share common views on fighting terrorism in the region, he added.

President Erdoghan, for his part, hailed active participation of heads of states in Istanbul meeting today, saying that their extensive presence indicates common views over the issue of Palestine.

Stressing the need for further boosting Tehran-Ankara relations, he said that mutual cooperation should further be improved in areas of mutual interest.

President Erdoghan pointed to Tehran-Ankara cooperation in fighting against terrorism, saying that the two capitals should uproot terrorism by mutual cooperation.

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