Tehran (IP)- Turkish president and president of Iran emphasized increasing trade volume to $30 billion in separate speeches to the reporters in Tehran.

Iran PressIran news: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to meet for the 7th Trilateral Summit Meeting in Astana to discuss the latest developments in Syria and fight against the terror groups, particularly ISIS.

The two leaders co-chaired the 7th Meeting of the Türkiye-Iran High-Level Cooperation Council to enhance bilateral cooperation. They signed a total of eight agreements in the areas of trade, social security, and sports.

Erdogan said he believed the countries would increase the bilateral trade volume to $30 billion.

"Unfortunately, we faced a severe setback due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As of now, we have reached $7.5 billion. I believe that the two countries will reach $30 billion again.

"It is possible to accelerate this process with the steps that we will take in the defense industry. This can be accelerated with the steps to be taken in both oil and natural gas fields," he added.

President Raisi receives his Turkish counterpart

For his part, Ebrahim Raisi stated that establishing joint industrial towns between the two countries was one of the decisions made in these negotiations. The establishment of science and technology parks that can work with knowledge-based companies was also discussed.

The extension of the 25-year gas transmission contract discussed in the past was decided today to be extended, and the gas transmission will take a broader form, Raisi added.

About the trilateral meeting in Tehran, Erdogan said the meeting would be a re-evaluation of the 2017 Astana process.

Tehran hosts Astana process summit on Tuesday

The crisis in Syria started in 2011 with a massive attack by terrorist groups supported by Saudi Arabia, the United States, and their allies to change the equations of the region in favor of the Zionist regime.

The Astana process began in January 2017 on the back of a Syria-wide ceasefire between the Syrian government and armed groups in Kazakhstan's then capital city of Astana. Although the city was renamed Nur-Sultan in 2019, the negotiating format retained the name.

Iran and Russia, as the allies of the Syrian government and Turkey, which sides with the opposition, set up the process to end the Syrian conflict through the involvement of the Syrian government and the opposition. 


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