Cavusoglu: Bilateral trade up by 71% this year
President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Monday called for the expansion of relations with Turkey with the finalization of a roadmap to mutual cooperation, saying the ties between the two neighbors could affect the global equations considering their positions.
In a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Tehran, Raeisi said closer cooperation between Iran and Turkey, the economic and trade ties in particular, would serve the interests of the two Muslim nations.
Calling for the finalization of a roadmap to mutual cooperation, the president said close interaction between the two neighbors would benefit regional peace and stability, Tasnim News Agency reported.
“Regional cooperation between the two countries must turn into cooperation in the international arena, as such interaction could be influential in the global equations considering the major position of the two countries,” Raeisi added.
Iran maintains that regional countries are capable of resolving their problems without foreign interference, he added.
“The presence of outsiders has resulted in nothing but insecurity and tension among regional nations and governments, as twenty years of American presence in Afghanistan brought about nothing but homicide, bloodshed and destruction, and it became clear that the problems of Afghanistan could be resolved in the hands of its people and with the help of neighbors,” the Iranian president said.
Slamming the Daesh terrorist group as a proxy of the US that commits crimes in different countries, Raeisi said Tehran and Ankara can join hands in the war against terrorism and organized crime.
Cavusoglu said Turkey seeks to expedite the enhancement of relations with Iran.
Turkey regards the Iranian administration as a results-oriented government, he said, adding that Ankara is determined to promote cooperation with Tehran.
He also voiced Turkey’s readiness to initiate and broaden cooperation with Iran to strengthen stability and trade relations in the South Caucasus region.
Given the regional developments, Turkey is after cooperation with Iran in the fight against terrorism and in ensuring regional stability and tranquility, Cavusoglu stated.
The visiting Turkish foreign minister held talks with his Iranian counterpart before the meeting with Raeisi.
US sanctions ‘unjust’
Earlier, Cavusoglu and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian held a joint press conference.
Cavusoglu said sanctions imposed on Iran are ‘unjust’, calling for an end to the unilateral measures adopted by the United States after withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, Press TV reported.
He urged those who quit the nuclear agreement, officially called the JCPOA, to return to the pact and remove the unilateral sanctions they imposed on Iran, in an apparent reference to the United States.
Turkey’s top diplomat also expressed hope that the sanctions removal negotiations – scheduled to resume in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on November 29 after a five-month hiatus – would be successful.
71% increase in trade
Elsewhere in his Monday remarks, Cavusoglu hailed as “promising” the rise in the volume of trade between Turkey and Iran, which, he said, increased by 71 percent this year, but the minister also stressed that “We are very far from our goals,” calling for further action to be taken to promote bilateral trade relations.
Cavusoglu said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would pay a visit to Tehran before the end of 2021, adding that the visit aimed to strengthen mutual cooperation.
Amir-Abdollahian said that the two countries have agreed to build a new long-term roadmap of cooperation, and expressed hope that it would be inked during Erdogan’s upcoming trip to Iran.
He stated that during the Monday meeting, the two foreign ministers exchanged views on ways to enhance Tehran-Ankara relations, describing the meeting as fruitful.
Referring to existing trade barriers between the two countries, Amir-Abdollahian said necessary measures would be taken to remove those obstacles.
The Iranian minister also noted that the meeting discussed other international and regional issues, including the situation in Afghanistan, and stressed the importance of maintaining security in West Asia.