Turkish President Abdullah Gul and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appeared on Monday in a joint press conference after a tete-a-tete meeting in Tehran.
Speaking at the press conference, Ahmadinejad said Turkey and Iran shared similar views on regional peace, security and development, adding that cooperation between the two countries would transform the region into an economic, political and cultural power.
"Our relations with Turkey are deep, permanent and brotherly, and they have made significant progress in many fields over the past years," Ahmadinejad told reporters.
The Iranian president said trade volume between the two countries went up over 10 billion U.S. dollars in 2010, adding, "we are determined to boost that figure to as high as 30 billion USD. We have both the potential and the political will to that end."
Ahmadinejad said Turkey and Iran cooperated on global issues as well, adding that Iran supported Turkey in protecting its rights at the international arena.
"We consider Turkey's achievements, economic development and its triumph as our own. And we are confident that Turkey, too, supports Iran in protecting its rights at the international arena," he said.
Ahmadinejad also said he tanked the Turkish president for Turkey's support for Tehran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
The Iranian president said Istanbul had recently hosted a meeting between Iran and the P+1 group, adding, "hosting such meetings and negotiations shows Turkey's independent and civilized status at the international arena and power balance."
AALast Mod: 14 Şubat 2011, 15:28