Iranian Diplomat: Regional Commonalities Key to Settling Problems in Middle-East (FARS News Agency (Iran))

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  • August 11, 2015
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TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Envoy to Ankara Alireza Bigdeli underlined that regional commonalities should be seen as a key to the resolution of problems not only between Iran and Turkey but also in the entire Middle-East region.

Regional proximity is a golden key to resolve not only the Iran-Turkey bilateral problems, but also the greater problems in the Middle East region, Bigdeli said in an article published in Turkey’s Yeni Shafaq daily.

He also proposed patience and prudence for weaving the friendship rug of Iran-Turkey ties despite the attempts of enemies of such close relations, arguing that what really counts is not their will, “but our deeds and resolute will”.

“Mutual economic cooperation in recent years has progressed noticeably and the two nations’ ties, too, have been strengthened satisfactorily. The two countries heads of state have met three times in the course of the past 2 years and talked on the phone several times. The Supreme Council for Iran-Turkey Relations has been established and various official apparatus are active to strengthen bilateral ties,” Bigdeli wrote.

Both Iran and Turkey are influential countries in the region and their closer cooperation would be crucial to end regional crises.

Iran and Turkey have been pursuing increasing widening of their ties in various fields in the last two decades. Iran is a main energy supplier to Turkey and Ankara has made huge investments in Iran.

Iran is a main destination of Turkish goods and Turkey is among the top destinations of Iranian tourists and traders.

The two states plan to multiply their trade transactions in the next few years.

In April, Tehran and Ankara signed eight cooperation agreements and one joint statement to boost bilateral relations in different areas.

The nine cooperation documents were signed by the two countries’ ministers and senior officials in a ceremony attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and President Erdogan in Tehran on April 7.

The Iranian and Turkish presidents underlined the need for the further expansion of diplomatic and economic relations between the two countries.