Iran, Turkey, Russia major regional players: Zarif

TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) – In his first visit to Turkey after the attempted coup of July 15, 2016, FM Zarif described the bilateral ties with Turkey as good and important.

“Tehran-Ankara relations are at a good and vital status,” said the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, upon arrival at Ankara’s airport early on Friday.

The Iranian senior diplomat underlined the importance of negotiations between the countries of the region and highlighted that Iran, Turkey, and Russia are the key players in the region.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran, not on the first day, but at the first hour of the coup, condemned the act of the coup plotters,” reassured the Iranian foreign minister, “this is because we give no credit to coup in the region where the vote of people should not be suppressed by militancy.”

Zarif asserted that the same principle drove all Islamic Republic officials like the Leader, and President Rouhani denounced the coup very early. He cherished the stance of Turkish people in acting against the coup as a blessed move.

“The participation of the people on the stage gave an important lesson that the will of the people should not be opposed,” said the senior diplomat of the Islamic Republic of Iran, “so what was done against the coupists was in line with principle-ruled approach of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Describing Iran-Turkey relations as 'very good,' Zarif maintained that Turkey is one of the most important neighbors of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The old bonds between the people of the two countries and the economic relations even in the time of sanctions were the positive feature of ties highlighted by the Iranian foreign minister.

“The two countries have a high capacity of cooperation,” commented Mr. Zarif, “while there were some disagreements between Iran and Turkey over some regional issues, we think that those disagreements should lead to talks and not tensions.”

Recounting the talks between President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and President Putin of Russia in Baku which was followed by phone talks between Mr. Zarif and Russian FM Sergey Lavrov, Zarif demanded more talks between the key players in the region.

Zarif who is scheduled to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, said that he has had a host talks with Turkish officials in the past and he intends to continue those talks in his today’s meetings.

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