TEHRAN, Jan. 5 (MNA) – Turkey's PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a visit to Tehran late this month and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will visit Turkey in few months in a bid to develop the bilateral relations of the two neighbors in the region.

The announcement was made by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif at a joint press conference after their two-hour close door meeting in Istanbul.

Mohammad Javad Zarif's one-day trip came as Turkey seeks to improve political and economic ties with its neighbor but the Turkish government in Ankara is involved in a deep political crisis over the corruption scandal.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with the Iranian foreign minister before his meeting with Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss bilateral relations as well as the latest developments in the region.

The two ministers said that Ankara and Tehran aimed to increase their trade volume up to 30 billion U.S. dollars by the end of 2015 and then raise it up further to 50 billion dollars.

On the other hand the two countries agreed on the establishment of high level strategic council which will be operational in the upcoming months.

During the press conference the two ministers repeated their consensus that the bloodshed in Syria would soon be put an end while Zarif stressing the respect of all nations for the sake of peace and stability of the region.

Xinhua
MNA
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