End of Conflicts, Extremely Important for Turkey & Iran: Turkish PM Says

End of Conflicts, Extremely Important for Turkey & Iran: Turkish PM Says
Sat Mar 5, 2016 16:01:24

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Tehran and Ankara must develop a “common perspective” in order to help end the crises plaguing the region.

Davutoglu is in Tehran at the head of a high-ranking political and economic delegation, where he held a joint news conference with Iran's Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri on Saturday. 

“It is extremely important for Turkey and Iran to develop some common perspectives in order to end our region’s fight among brothers, to stop the ethnic and sectarian conflicts,” the Turkish PM said.

Tehran and Ankara may have differences over regional issues, “but we cannot change our history or our geography,” he added.

Jahangiri said he had held two meetings with Davutoglu, where they “had fruitful discussions on bilateral ties and regional issues.”

The presence of terrorist groups, he said, poses a threat to security and stability in the entire region.

Jahangiri said the restoration of peace to the Middle East is in the interest of both Iran and Turkey.

The official highlighted the two neighbors’ determination to enhance their bilateral relations, particularly in the economic sector, PRESS TV  reports.

“We had set a USD-30-billion ceiling for the [annual] bilateral trade. It was agreed that the countries’ Joint Commission meet in Turkey over the next month so all the obstacles in the way of the bilateral trade be identified and removed,” he added.

Davutoglu also said that the removal of the nuclear-related sanctions against Iran means the two neighbors can easily exceed the trade target.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia – plus Germany started to implement the JCPOA on January 16.

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