Iranian and Turkish officials pledge closer cooperation

Turkey and Iran pledged to improve bilateral cooperation during first official parliament speaker-level visit since 1999.

Iranian and Turkish officials pledge closer cooperation
Iran's Majlis Speaker Gholamali Haddad-Adel held talks in Ankara on Monday with his counterpart, Parliament Speaker Bülent Arýnç, as well as with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan. The talks took place only a day before today's planned visit to Ankara by Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
Following tête-à-tête talks and talks between delegations at the parliament, Arýnç and Haddad-Adel spoke to reporters as both of them expressing their pleasure over the latter's visit, the first of its kind since then-Parliament Speaker Hikmet Çetin's visit to Iran in 1999.
Noting that the border between Iran and Turkey was set up via an accord dated back to the 15th century -- created in the 1639 Kasrý-Þirin accord -- Arýnç said: "Our neighborhood and relations have been strengthening since then."
"From now on, we will improve our relations with the Iranian Parliament. We are in favor of cooperation in every field," he added.
Haddad-Adel traveled to Ankara from the central Anatolian province of Konya and visited the Mevlana Museum, named after Mevlana Jelaladdin Rumi, a 13th century Turkish philosopher and poet whose tomb is inside the museum. Mevlana has a special place in hearts of Iranian people, he said.
"Our trip will help improving our relations with Turkey. Our visit will also help peace in the region as well as the world peace," he added.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16