Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Bilateral Relations: Iran, Turkey sign 8 cooperation pacts

Source: IRNA

Tehran, April 7, IRNA – Tehran and Ankara signed eight cooperation agreements and one joint statement on Tuesday 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 his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on Tuesday evening.

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

The Turkish president arrived in Tehran earlier Tuesday to discuss bilateral ties and regional developments with President Rouhani and other senior Iranian officials.

Erdogan's visit took place at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

On Monday, Chairman of the Turkey–Iran business council executive board Riza Eser said that Erdogan's visit to Iran will accelerate expansion of Tehran-Ankara trade transaction up to an annual amount of $30bln by the end of 2015.

The two neighbors are determined to reach $30bln in annual bilateral trade by the end of the year, the Turkish official said on Monday.

Eser noted that President Erdogan’s visit to Iran was timely since it came after a historic nuclear framework understanding between Iran and world powers on Thursday.

'We are pleased with the visit as businessmen,' he said.