Joint declaration of Iran-Turkey High-Level Cooperation Council (HLCC)

Tehran (IP) - Sixth Meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) between the Republic of Turkey and the Islamic Republic of Iran was held through video conference hosted by Tehran due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The Sixth Meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council between the Republic of Turkey and the Islamic Republic of Iran was held on 8th September 2020 via videoconferencing.

Iran PressIran News: President Rouhani at the meeting said that relations between the two countries have always been based on good neighborliness and common cultural values and mutual respect.

At the end of the meeting, a joint declaration was issued in 19 paragraphs, in which the continuation of bilateral, regional, and international cooperation between Tehran and Ankara was emphasized.

The full text of the declaration is as follows:

In his name,

The joint declaration between the presidents of the Republic of Turkey and the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Sixth Meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) between the Republic of Turkey and the Islamic Republic of Iran was held on 8th September 2020 via videoconference, under the co-chairs of H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, and H.E.  Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran with the participation of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of both countries as coordinators and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister of Treasury and Finance, Minister of Interior, Minister of health, ministry of Industry and Technology, Minister of Trade, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Turkey and their respective counterparts; Chief of the President Office, Minister of Oil, Minister of Interior, Minister of energy, Minister of Road and Urban Development, Minister of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Having taken stock of their relations, regional development, and impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, both parties,

  • Reiterated their determination to further enhance of good neighborly relations nourished by their strong political will and expressed their resolve to effectively implement their bilateral decisions on the basis of mutual interests,
  • Emphasized closer consultations and cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 to ensure their better preparedness to providing their citizens with necessary medical services, medicine, and equipment for prevention and activities related to the pandemic,
  • Underlined the importance of maintaining close political dialogue on bilateral and regional bases at all levels and consultations within the existing mechanisms concerning different aspects of their bilateral cooperation for further deepening collaboration between the two countries.
  • Reviewed the commitment to intensify joint efforts to reverse the decreasing tendency in their bilateral trade volumes adverse global conditions, including the negative impacts of COVID-19 by fully utilizing existing mechanisms such as the Joint Economic Commission, Joint Road Transport Committee, as well as creating new routes of economic cooperation.
  • Expressed their desire to hold the 28th Session of the Joint Economic Commission at an early date to the extent possible in view of the conditions created by COVID-19, with a view to exploring means for further economic cooperation, increasing bilateral trade volume, overcoming the economic challenges of COVID-19,
  • Stressed the importance of reaping the full benefit and extending the scope of the Preferential Trade Agreement on a mutually beneficial basis, as well as improving investment climate for the businessmen of their respective countries,
  • Agreed to further expand cooperation in the fields of tourism and culture to further promote people-to-people contacts once the risks created by COVID-19 can be safely neutralized,
  • Having underlined the significance of the energy sector, reaffirmed the importance of continuing cooperation in this field on a mutually beneficial basis,
  • Bearing in mind that PKK/PJAK and all terrorist organizations in the region pose a common threat against the security of both Turkey and Iran, both sides emphasized that it is incumbent upon both countries to fully utilize the existing cooperation mechanisms against the activities of PKK/PJAK elements and the other terrorist organizations along the common borders and to take coordinated steps for result-oriented cooperation, including joint operations, in countering terrorism and organized crime,
  • Reemphasised the importance to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which constitutes an outstanding achievement of multilateral diplomacy that advances regional security and stability, and endorsed by the UNSC Resolution 2231, welcomed the recent broad-based support given at the UNSC to preserve the JCPOA,
  • Engaged in discussions on regional and global issues of common interest and in this regard shared the view that universally recognized principles, in particular full respect of international law and the peaceful settlement of disputes, not resorting to using of force or threat of force should continue to govern international relations,
  • Emphasized their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of Syria in line with all agreements in the framework of Astana format and reaffirmed their conviction that the Syrian conflict could be resolved through a political process in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254,
  • Reaffirmed their commitment for the preservation of Iraq’s territorial integrity, political unity, and sovereignty, being conscious that Iraq’s stability, welfare, and security constitute a necessity for regional, international peace and stability and reiterated their support to the Government of Iraq,
  • Emphasized their unwavering support for the comprehensive, just and lasting solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and in this context, reiterated the need for the establishment of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine having Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital,
  • Expressed their support to Palestine against the attempts of third countries to weaken the Palestinian Cause,
  • Underlined that sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan could only be achieved through a genuine Afghan-led and owned peace process that would lead to a political settlement and expressed their support for such settlement,
  • Stressed the importance of cooperation within international organizations such as the United Nations, OIC, ECO, CICA, and D8 of which both States are members,
  • Expressed their intention to use their goodwill to facilitate the interaction between their legislative branches with a view to promoting bilateral cooperation at regional and international inter-parliamentary organizations such as IPU, APA, and PUIC,
  • The Parties agreed on the English version of this Joint Declaration.


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