Mottaki, as co-chair of the Iran-Turkey Joint Economic Commission, will participate in the 19th meeting of the commission together with State Minister responsible for Foreign Trade Kürþad Tüzmen.
On Wednesday, the last day of the meeting, Mottaki and Tüzmen are expected to sign a joint economic commission protocol.
During a December 2006 visit to Tehran by Erdoðan, Turkish and Iranian officials have pledged to improve bilateral relations, with an agreement to increase the volume of trade between the two countries to $10 billion. Turkey and Iran have already reached their $5 billion trade volume target that was set during Erdoðan's July 2004 visit to Tehran. Trade volume stood at $1 billion at the time.
After years of animosity since the revolution in 1979 that brought the Islamic Republic of Iran into power, Turkey and Iran have had markedly improved relations recently. Ankara has noted Tehran's enhanced cooperation in combating members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) who are also active on Iranian soil. The turmoil in Iraq, a neighbor to both countries, has also brought them closer. Ankara has also lobbied in Tehran to peacefully resolve the row with the West over its nuclear program.
'Mevlana: A guide for Iran, Turkey'
The central Anatolian province of Konya hosted Iran's Majlis [Parliament] Speaker Gholamali Haddad-Adel over the weekend. Haddad-Adel is visiting Turkey at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart, Parliament Speaker Bülent Arýnç. While in Konya, the Majlis speaker accompanied by a delegation from Iran on Sunday visited the Mevlana Museum, a museum named after Mevlana Jelaladdin Rumi, the 13th century Turkish philosopher and poet whose tomb is inside the museum.
"First of all, I'm so happy. I thank God because I stand next to His Highness Mevlana. ... He has been a guide in Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the whole Islam world. He's drawn the whole world to himself with the power of his thought," the visiting parliamentarian was quoted as saying when he was asked about
his view on Mevlana.