Turkey underlines importance of Iran as global energy player

The Turkish foreign minister defined on Saturday Iran as a neighbor, friend and a partner.

Turkey underlines importance of Iran as global energy player

The Turkish foreign minister defined on Saturday Iran as a neighbor, friend and a partner.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Iran was not only an important neighbor and friend for Turkey, but also a partner with a great economic potential.

"Turkey wants to improve economic relations with Iran, as it does with all other neighbors," Davutoglu told a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Manuchehr Motaki in Tehran.

Davutoglu is the first foreign minister visiting the Iranian capital after the new government was formed.

During the press conference, Davutoglu said that Turkey and Iran attached great importance to making their geography a security basin.

Davutoglu welcomed improving relations between security units of the two countries, particularly the fight against "terrorism", and said Motaki and he decided to boost relations between the two units.

On economic relations, Davutoglu said two countries aimed to raise their trade volume to 20 billion USD soon. It is actually 11 billion USD.

Davutoglu said he discussed with Motaki transporting Iran's energy resources, particularly natural gas to Europe.

"Turkey attaches great importance to giving Iran's energy resources the place they deserve in global energy transportation as this is one of the most important energy bridges between Asia and Europe," Davutoglu said.

Also, Davutoglu said two countries would cooperate in facilitating border crossings.

Davutoglu defined the Middle East, Caucasus, Gulf area, Afghanistan and Iraq as issues concerning both Turkey and Iran.

On Iran's nuclear program, Davutoglu said, "Turkey's stance is obvious, and we think that this issue should be solved by diplomatic means and within the framework of mutual respect."

Davutoglu said what Turkey was trying to do was to prevent Iran from being kept away from global and regional economy.

"Therefore, Turkey is ready to do what it has to do to avoid a new sanction on Iran and to lift current sanctions," he said.

Davutoglu also said Turkey would do its best for solving all problems, particularly nuclear program controversy, through peaceful means and dialogue.

"Because this is not only an issue concerning Iran and the West or other countries but also an issue concerning Turkey's interests," Davutoglu also said.

Also speaking in the press conference, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki said that cooperation between Turkey and Iran in fight against the militant PKK and PJAK was obvious.

Motaki said "his country would never let use of the friendly borders between the two countries by terrorists."

"Determination of Iran and Turkey to fight radicalism and terrorism in their region has given important outcome in recent years," Motaki said.

Motaki said Turkey was one of the most serious alternatives in transferring regional energy to Europe.

The Iranian minister said the potential of the two countries would prove the strategic side of the bilateral relations.

Motaki also said that Turkish and Iranian presidents might meet within this year.


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