Iran, Turkey seek stronger energy cooperation

ANKARA, July 19 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki on Saturday held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on ways to expand comprehensive cooperation especially in energy spheres.

“Fortunately, the train of bilateral relations is moving in a good condition. Joint agreements on energy and building an electricity power plant are underway and the memoranda of understanding on cooperation in South Pars gas filed are in the final process,” Mottaki stated.

 

He expressed hope that the implementation of Article 44 of the Constitution which calls for the privatization of state-run economy will provide the ground for further cooperation between the two neighbors’ private sectors.

 

Erdogan, for his part, said political, economic, and cultural relations between Tehran and Ankara have considerably improved over the past years.

 

“We hope that the implementation of power plant and refinery projects in Iran by Turkish companies will provide the ground for further expansion of relations.”

 

He also expressed satisfaction over international efforts to find a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear issue, saying, “We said from the beginning that negotiation is the only solution to the problem.”

 

BA/PA

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