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Iran present draft document of comprehensive plan for long-term cooperation between Tehran, Ankara

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Tue / 28 June 2022 / 12:44

Tehran (ISNA) - Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who is in Ankara for his first bilateral meeting at the invitation of Mevlut Cavusoglu, met with his Turkish counterpart twice at the Turkish Foreign Ministry during which they discussed issues of mutual interest.

In the meeting, the Iranian minister of foreign affairs clarified the foreign policy approach of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran in expanding relations with its neighbors. He referred to Turkey's special position within the framework of neighborhood policy, and given the cultural, religious and historical commonalities, stressed the need to strengthen bonds between the two nations and protect their common interests.

Amir-Abdollahian also emphasized the Islamic Republic of Iran's resolve in activating the existing mechanisms in the relations between the two countries, including the High Cooperation Council, the Joint Economic Commission, and the consular, customs, border, security and media commissions and committees.

He then stressed the need to facilitate communications between the two countries to promote trade and economic exchanges, especially in the fields of transportation, energy, tourism, investment, agricultural and industrial products, and scientific and technological research, and also to boost cooperation in regional organizations.

The Iranian minister of foreign affairs described the issues related to the environment, especially in the field of water resources, as well as dust storm problems as serious.

Amir-Abdollahian referred to the meeting to be held in Tehran in the near future, saying the presence of the Turkish government representative in the event with the goal of reviewing and planning joint measures to deal with it at the regional level is significant.

Amir-Abdollahian also underlined the need to protect the two countries from the ill-intentioned obstructions and conspiracies of the illegitimate Zionist regime. Referring to the deep-rooted bonds between the two nations, the foreign minister underscored the strengthening of relations and consultations between all political and security institutions of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey.

The foreign minister briefed his Turkish counterpart on the latest developments in the nuclear talks and negotiations to lift sanctions.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, for his part, appreciated the Iranian foreign minister for his trip to Ankara and expressed satisfaction with the growing trend of economic and trade cooperation between the two countries in recent months.

He said the goal set by the leaders of the two countries to promote trade relations and holding the 29th meeting of the Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation between the two countries in the near future is effective in improving the level of cooperation.

The developments related to Syria within the framework of the Astana mechanism, the Caucasus issues and closer coordination within the 3+3 initiative, defending the Palestinian cause and preserving the Islamic identity of Holy al-Quds, efforts to stop the war in Ukraine, and Turkey's opposition to the illegal US sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran were among other topics for discussion and exchange of views between the foreign ministers of the two countries.

During the meeting, the draft document of a comprehensive plan for long-term cooperation between the two countries was presented by Amir-Abdollahian to the Turkish foreign minister to be on the agenda for the Turkish side.

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