Iran's president Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart described terrorism as a big regional challenge that should be confronted by all regional countries, through waging of a common war.

Iran Press/Asia: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdo?an on Thursday on the sidelines of the tripartite Sochi summit and described terrorism as one of the most important problems in the region that requires a common approach.

Stating that Iran and Turkey are determined to fight terrorism and cooperate on this issue, President Rouhani said: “Unfortunately, terrorist groups in the region have been supported for years by foreign powers, especially the United States", according to a Mehr News Agency report.

On bilateral cooperation between Iran and Turkey, Rouhani said: “We hope that the obstacles on the way of implementing other agreements between the two countries would be removed."

He added: "Cooperation between the two countries, especially between the private sectors of both nations is very good, but deepening of banking relations is a prerequisite for further development of tie between Tehran and Ankara."


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Iran is ready to develop relations with Turkey in energy, industry, and transportation, said Rouhani, adding, “It is essential that the authorities of the joint commission of cooperation accelerate the process of implementing these agreements."

Referring to the tripartite summit of Iran, Russia, and Turkey about Syria in Sochi, Rouhani said, “while we are taking new steps for boosting stability in the region and fighting terrorism in Syria, some countries which are sponsoring terrorists are hatching plots against the region in Warsaw."

During the meeting, the President of Turkey said, “We will continue our bilateral and regional cooperation with Iran against terrorism."

“Turkey is ready to join the SPV and create a similar bilateral mechanism for trade cooperation with Iran,” he said, referring to the EU's trade mechanism (also called INSTEX) for doing legitimate business with Iran in the face of US sanctions.

“Multilateral cooperation with Iran on different issues has had positive achievements and Turkey is ready to expand this cooperation to other countries in the region," the Turkish president added.

Erdogan also condemned the Wed. the terrorist attack against IRGC members, and congratulated the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

Erdogan, Rouhani, and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet to discuss joint efforts on the ground and as part of the political process by the Astana platform to find a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict.

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