Davutoglu says Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan look to enhance ties

The three-way meeting of foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan was held in Urmia, Iran on Saturday.

Davutoglu says Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan look to enhance ties

The three-way meeting of foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan was held in Urmia, Iran on Saturday.

Following the meeting, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that these three countries, which he described as having deep-rooted common historic past, would work to further regional cooperation and relations.

Recalling that Turkey and Iran opened a new border crossing on Saturday, Davutoglu said the number of border crossings would increase in the near future in a move to boost trade and tourism.

Davutoglu said the major goal of the three-way meeting of Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan was to improve cultural relations, increase travel among these countries and to develop new economic projects.

"We will work to combine potentials of these countries spanning from the Caspian to the Indian Ocean, from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean," he said.

Davutoglu added that Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan were three countries in the Caucasus and said foreign ministers underscored the understanding to collaborate for peace, security and stability in this region.

Foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan will have their second meeting Nakhchevan, Azerbaijan this year and the the third meeting would be held in Turkey in the first half of 2012.

Following the three-way meeting, Davutoglu also had separate meetings with his Iranian and Azerbaijani counterparts in Urmia.

"Joint declaration"

A joint declaration foreseeing cooperation in several areas among Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan was issued at the end of the 1st Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Urmia city of Iran on Saturday.

The declaration issued after a tripartite meeting by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Azerbaijan's FM Elmar Mammadyarov said that the three friendly countries had common history and culture, stating that cooperation among Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan would contribute to regional and global peace.

It said that every country had the right to obtain nuclear energy within the scope of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and under supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The declaration foresees improvement of cooperation among three countries in the areas of trade, industry, investment, transportation, communication, energy, tourism, science and technology.

The three countries' security and intelligence departments would act jointly against terrorism, organized crimes, drug and human trafficking, it said.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Nisan 2011, 12:03
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