Turkey, Iran ties to improve after PM's visit

Expert says Turkey and Iran must not neglect importance of enhancing cultural ties

Turkey, Iran ties to improve after PM's visit

World Bulletin / News Desk

Bilateral ties between Turkey and Iran are expected to improve after Turkish premier’s visit to Tehran, according to an expert.

The expert on international relations, Muhammed Ali Destmali, said Iran before did not know much about the political and cultural views of the "new Turkey" as envisioned by the Justice and Development (AK) Party.

Destmali said Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s visit was valuable in diplomatic and political terms, especially since it came just after Iran’s parliamentary elections.

"Turkey and Iran carried out some meetings on strategic partnerships; however, these partnerships have not been implemented yet.

“Davutoglu highlighted in his visit that the two countries have some common interests and thus further relationships should be established. This is also applicable for Iran," said Destmali.

Drawing attention to the need for high-ranking visits on both sides, Destmali said Iran and Turkey should further expand ties, which should not be limited to political, security and economic issues.

"The two countries neglect the cultural partnerships…I really welcome Davutoglu’s statements. Iran also has similar viewpoint. However, these statements need planning and having a strategy in order to put them into practice," Destmali said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Mart 2016, 09:16