Sep 25, 2018 10:00 Asia/Tehran

The Presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Turkey met and discussed the most important bilateral, regional and international issues.

Iran press- Asia/ According to the official website of Iran's Presidency, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran met on Monday evening in New York, and emphasised that there are no obstacles on the way of developing and deepening of cooperation between the two countries and that they will make every effort to develop this cooperation in the interests of both nations.

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Rouhani also stressed that the two countries should speed up the implementation of agreements, saying, “Iran welcomes the presence and participation of Turkish investors and companies in the process of advancing its projects”. 

The President also appreciated the condolences of the Turkish government on the martyrdom of a number of Iranians in the Ahwaz terrorist attack, saying: "We have always been together in difficult times, and these incidents tell us that we need to be more serious in fighting terrorism". 

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He also noted the importance of Iran-Turkey-Russia cooperation on Syria, and added that Iran was fully prepared to help resolve the Syrian crisis, especially in Idlib, in the framework of tripartite cooperation with the help of Turkey.

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The President of Turkey also expressed sympathy over the martyrdom of a number of Iranians in the Ahwaz terrorist attack, saying, "We are no longer facing the phenomenon of terrorism, but terrorist states”. 

Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for the strengthening of Tehran-Ankara cooperation and said, "We will stand by you hand in hand in countering sanctions."

He also emphasised strengthening of cooperation between the two countries on Syria.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani left Tehran for New York on Sunday morning to attend the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) annual meeting.

The United Nations General Assembly annual meetings, which are held regularly in New York in September, are the biggest political gathering in the world in which dozens of world leaders take part and address the meetings on the most critical national and international issues.

Since taking office in Aug 2013, President Rouhani has attended regularly the previous meetings of the UN General Assembly.

President Rouhani returns home on September 26 (Wednesday) at the end of his 4-day stay in New York.

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