World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif on Saturday night in Istanbul, talked on bilateral relations and other regional issues focusing on Syria and Iraq.
Davutoglu and Zarif held a joint press conference after the meeting.
Expressing his concerns over the escalating violence in Syria despite calls for ceasefire from both countries, Davutoglu said "We are ready to stop the intensifying humanitarian crisis in Aleppo and put out all of Syria's misery and pain."
Davutoglu also said the two countries are aimed at increasing the trade volume up to $30 billion by 2015 and raise it to $50 billion while the necessary legal framework is being set, adding that they decided to establish a "High-Level Cooperation Council" with an eye to improve commercial relations.
Zarif, on his part, said that the $30-billion trade target was "achievable and a must" for the two countries while urging to boost bilateral relations in energy, trade, transportation and other fields.
A joint meeting with Azerbaijan and the two countries is also scheduled in upcoming months, said the top Turkish diplomat.
Davutoglu also stated that Turkey welcomed the nuclear deal between Iran and five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany as Turkey supported peaceful initiatives to produce nuclear energy without a military agenda behind it.
Both ministers expressed their unease over the recent developments in Iraq, seizure of some Iraqi towns by Al-Qaeda-linked groups and hopes for a peaceful period ahead of national elections on April 30 without ethnic and sectarian clashes.Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ocak 2014, 09:28