Turkish, Iranian ministers visit border crossing in Van

Yilmaz said that borders should be considered as elements uniting the countries, not separating them.

Turkish, Iranian ministers visit border crossing in Van

Turkish State Minister Cevdet Yilmaz said on Thursday that borders should be considered as elements uniting the countries, not separating them.

Turkey's State Minister Cevdet Yilmaz and Ali Agha Mohammadi, Iranian assistant first vice-president, visited Kapikoy border crossing in eastern province of Van and crossed the border.

Speaking at the Iranian side, Yilmaz said efforts were underway to boost economic and commercial relations between the two countries.

Referring to the 30 billion USD trade target put forth by the leaders, Yilmaz said, "there is a strong political will. Both parties have to fulfill their responsibilities to this end.
Finalising trade deal between Turkey and Iran and boosting free trade are parts of the efforts. There are also important opportunities to improve relations in tourism."

Yilmaz said boosting bilateral relations would contribute to the welfare of 150 million people and help improvement of political relations.

"We made an important step. Studies continue in Gurbulak and Esendere border crossings. Kapikoy border gate is an extremely critical area. We took the first step to transport cargo through highway," Yilmaz said.

Iranian official Mohammadi said, "we will open common border gate and see there will be significant progress with respect to commercial relations. 15-km section which cause difficulty will be concluded soon. I hope industry zone between the two countries will also be concluded soon. We aim to achieve 30 billion USD target. Free trade talks also continue between Turkey and Iran. We aim to overcome all the problems."


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