Iran FM: Raeisi to soon visit Türkiye

Political Desk

The Iranian foreign minister said on Tuesday President Ebrahim Raeisi will soon take a trip to Türkiye.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian announced the news in an address to a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu following their meeting in Ankara, adding that in his meetings with Turkish officials, the necessary planning has been done for Raeisi’s visit, which had previously been scheduled for the finals days of 2022, IRNA reported.

Turning to his meetings, Amir-Abdollahian said he had held important and diverse discussions with Turkish officials and Cavusoglu.

He added he had also attended a 90-minute meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the same day, having discussed bilateral, regional, and international issues.

Amir-Abdollahian said that during his meetings, where political, economic, and cultural issues were discussed, it was also stressed to implement as soon as possible the comprehensive plan for Iran-Türkiye strategic cooperation signed during Erdogan’s trip to Tehran in July 2022.

The top Iranian diplomat stressed that the two countries have also agreed to activate three border markets in the near future.

Shifting to recent protests in Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, Amir-Abdollahian said women’s rights are respected and upheld in the Islamic Republic.

He added that Amini’s death, which occurred at a Tehran hospital in mid-September, following her collapse at a police station, was due to natural causes and very saddening, stressing that, however, the Western social networks and media launched a preplanned campaign against Tehran following the incident to achieve their political and security objectives.

Amir-Abdollahian noted that Iran and Türkiye are among the strongest democracies in the region.

The Iranian foreign minister arrived in Ankara at noon where he was welcomed by Turkish Foreign Ministry officials at the airport.

In an address to reporters before departing Tehran on Tuesday, Amir-Abdollahian said he will consult with Turkish officials over the “fast developments that are underway in the Levant and West Asia,” according to Press TV.

He noted that during his visits to Damascus and Beirut last week, he held talks with Syrian and Lebanese officials about such key issues.

The developments in South Caucasus and different issues in the region are also on the agenda of his talks with Turkish officials, he added.

He also said the two countries’ officials would make preliminary arrangements for Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi’s visit to Ankara at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart.

“It is an important necessity to hold talks about developments in the region, given the fact that President Raeisi’s government attaches great importance to developing ties with neighboring and other Asian countries,” Amir-Abdollahian stressed.

The top Iranian diplomat said he was scheduled to travel to both Russia and Turkey on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing developments in the region but his visit to Moscow had been postponed.