Gul holds 'positive, constructive' Rouhani meeting

Abdullah Gul said a continuation of Rouhani's "positive" discourse would serve Iran by creating more a positive and constructive perception in the international arena

Gul holds 'positive, constructive' Rouhani meeting

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish President Abdullah Gul held a "positive and constructive" meeting on Wednesday with the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for the first time following the general elections in Iran.

After bilateral talks in New York on the occasion of the 68th UN General Assembly Meeting, Gul assessed the latest remarks of Rouhani's government as "positive." He added that the continuation of such discourse would lead to a far more positive and constructive perception in the international arena, and would serve the interests of Iran and the Iranian people, diplomatic sources told Anadolu Agency.

The leaders of the two key actor countries in the region agreed on closer cooperation to put an end to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, stressing the need to seek a more constructive solution for the whole region.

The closed meeting aimed at improving and strengthening bilateral relations at the principal level, while sources noted that the two countries' foreign ministers will become closer through reciprocal visits.

During the "constructive and warm" meeting, it was stressed that Syria had became a country which destroys itself over 100,000 people had died whiles millions of others became refugees.

Diplomatic sources also said they observed a more constructive attitude on the Iranian side, wishing to increase cooperation with Turkey.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Development Minister Cevdet Yilmaz also attended the Gul-Rouhani meeting.

The Turkish President also met with President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Dervis Eroglu in New York.

Davutoglu also attended a meeting which dwelled on the Cyprus issue.

Meanwhile, TRNC President Eroglu gave a speech regarding the Cyprus issue on the Peace Islands in New York.

He appreciated the decision regarding special envoys from the TRNC and Greek Cypriot sides of the island paying reciprocal visits to Greece and Turkey, despite concerns from the Greek Cypriot side.

Eroglu described the decision as an egalitarian and positive one towards a solution to the Cyprus issue.

At the meeting between Davutoglu and his Greek counterpart in New York, the two top diplomats agreed on visits to Greece and Turkey by special envoys from the TRNC and Greek Cypriot sides who deal with related negotiations.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Eylül 2013, 13:55

Muhammed Öylek