Iran, Turkey share views on security, stability in ME

TEHRAN, Mar. 05 (MNA) – First Vice President said Iran and Turkey share common interest in the establishment of security and stability in the entire region.

Es’haq Jahangiri made the remarks in a joint press conference with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu here on Saturday.

Welcoming the Turkish prime minister and senior officials accompanying him during his 2-day visit to Tehran, Jahangiri said the visit can be a turning point in relations between the two countries.

Iran and Turkey are two neighbors always enjoying very good relations in various fields, he said, stressing that the ties between the two countries has been significantly developed after Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) claimed power in 2003.

He underlined the continuation of dialogue and political consultations between the two countries will affect the bilateral relations.

Jahangiri said the two sides had useful talks during public and private meetings with the participation of Turkish ministers on bilateral relations and regional issues.

Pointing to the common views of Iran and Turkey on some issues, first VP said we can manage our disputes and points of difference on some regional issues to move towards the stability of the region.

During the meeting attended by ministers, Jahangiri said, we discussed and talked on different fields including oil, energy, transportation, customs, preferential tariffs and banking issues between the two countries, as well as tourism issues and some agreements were reached.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, for his part, underlined the cooperation between Iran and Turkey is very effective to end sectarian conflict in the region.

Pointing to the simultaneous holding of elections in Iran and Turkey, Davutoglu congratulated the Iranian nation for the results of last week's election.

“When I was the Foreign Minister of Turkey, I made great efforts to solve Iran's nuclear issue, and now I am pleased that the issue is solved,” Davutoglu underlined.

At the time when Iran was in difficult situations in terms of its nuclear issue,Turkey stood on the side of Iran, Davutoglu said adding, “a friend in need is a friend indeed.”

Although having different views in some cases, history of being old neighbors have helped the two countries to stay friends in many other cases, he added.

On the issue of transportation, he said, Iran is Turkey’s gateway to Arab countries and Turkey is Iran's gateway to the European countries, adding, Iran is an energy producer and Turkey is the largest energy consumer; Turkey is the sixth largest tourism spot and Iran is an undiscovered reservoir for the world.

“In case Turkey’s experience is linked to Iran’s beauties, they can create a major power in tourism sector; Iran has oil and gas reserves; it has a rich culture; Shiraz, Isfahan and Yazd are of great cultural richness,” he underlined.

Noting his accompanying delegation to Tehran is representatives from private sectors, he said they seek mutual fund.

“If we reach such a level in bilateral ties (mutual fund), we can easily find solutions to the political obstacles in the region too.”

 

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