Turkey, Iran express resolve to fight terrorism

Turkey and Iran both have the political will to fight terrorism, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said in Tehran.

Turkey, Iran express resolve to fight terrorism
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 Turkey and Iran both have the political will to fight terrorism, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday.

Cavusoglu made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Tehran.

The Turkish foreign minister again clarified his country’s stance on terrorism and terrorist groups. He reiterated that Turkey never supported radical, terrorist or violent groups. He also stressed on the need to combat all types of terrorist organizations without any consideration of language, religion or ethnic origins.

“We consider the biggest threats are from terrorist organizations, especially the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, but our stance is very clear on this issue since both our countries have suffered terrorism. We have enough political will to fight against terrorism,” Cavusoglu said.

The two officials also discussed regional issues, including the ongoing Syrian conflict, the ISIL terrorist attacks and the latest developments in Iraq.

“We have found a chance to evaluate the latest developments in Syria and Iraq in a friendly environment. We both support the new government in Iraq, and the involvement of all communities in Iraq in this new setup. We will also continue to support economic development in Iraq,” Cavusoglu said.

“We may seek different opinions in some issues, but these differences will not affect our deep-rooted brotherly relations,” he added.

The Iranian minister agreed with his Turkish counterpart.

"There are differences of opinions between the two countries on some issues, of course, but there is a big common enemy in the region; the terrorist danger. So we need to make familiar our views to each other. We must cooperate to prevent the entry of terrorists from Iraq and Syria,” Zarif said.

The Iranian foreign minister also called for international support to help Turkey deal with its Syrian refugee crisis.

"We call for international humanitarian assistance to support these aid activities. We will also discuss further cooperation between our countries’ red crescents,” he said.

Amnesty International estimates that more than 10 million people have been forced out of their homes; and at least four million of them have become refugees, mostly in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt since the conflict in Syria began.

The Turkish foreign minister also spoke about strengthening economic ties between the two countries.

"Our trade volume declined last year, but the two countries aim to increase it to $30 billion jointly. We believe we will reach this goal by taking concrete steps," Cavusoglu said.

According to Turkish officials, trade between Turkey and Iran stood at $22 billion in 2012 before dipping to $14.5 billion in the following year because of international sanctions imposed on Tehran.

The trade volume between the two countries stood at $3.2 billion in the first quarter, according to Turkey's official statistics office.

Later, Cavusoglu held a meeting with the Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.

According to diplomatic sources, Larijani told Cavusoglu that Iran and Turkey should cooperate even more closely in the fight against ISIL, which was important for stability in the region.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Aralık 2014, 22:18