The Presidents of Iran and Turkey stressed taking advantages of all capacities for the comprehensive development of Tehran-Ankara relations, emphasizing the development of cooperation and coordination between the two countries in bilateral and regional issues.

Iran PressAsia: In a meeting with Turkish President on the sidelines of the 15th Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) Summit in Turkmenistan, Ebrahim Raisi said: "Iran and Turkey can bring economic and political relations closer to the strategic level by improving the current level of trade and exchanges.”

Referring to the wide and diverse areas of cooperation between Iran and Turkey in various sectors, including energy, banking, monetary issues, and trade and commerce exchanges, Raisi said: "We should facilitate the development of economic relations and in this regard, preferential tariffs can be reviewed.”

Emphasizing the close cooperation and relations between Iran, the Republic of Azerbaijan and Turkey, Iran's President said: "The three countries have many cultural, religious and ideological commonalities, and these relations should not be allowed to be disrupted, but should be as close as possible to disappoint our common enemies.”

"Terrorist groups not only cause insecurity in Afghanistan but also threaten the security of the region, so we should not allow terrorist groups such as ISIL and the PKK to threaten the security of countries in the region," he said.

The President said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran supports the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, and we believe that all groups and ethnicities of the Afghan people should have a role and participate in the future of Afghanistan."

Referring to establishing stability and security in Syria, Ayatollah Raisi said: "We should use our capacities to create peace and security in Syria."

Raisi stated: "The problems of the region must be resolved by the countries of the region, and the presence and intervention of outsiders will not only help solve the problems, but will complicate the situation."

Raisi also stressed the importance of stability, peace, and respect for the territorial integrity of Iraq, noting: "The Islamic Republic of Iran supports and emphasises the establishment of a strong government accepted by the Iraqi people.”

During the meeting, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said that his country considers it necessary to develop and strengthen bilateral and regional cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

"We can make a leap in the relations between the two countries, especially in the economic sectors," he said.

"The White House is training and arming all terrorist groups in the region, including ISIL and the PKK, and providing them with terrorist equipment and tools to create insecurity," he said.

Erdogan added: "The Islamic Republic of Iran, Russia and Turkey can maintain security and stability in the region with the cooperation of other countries in the region."


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