Rouhani: Iran, Turkey's Responsible Approach Helps Resolution of Regional Problems
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's outgoing President Hassan Rouhani in a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan hailed the two countries' responsible approach towards regional issues, and called for increased mutual cooperation.
“Iran and Turkey, as two great powers in the region and the Islamic world, have an important role in resolving regional issues and problems,” Rouhani said in the phone talks on Wednesday during which he congratulated Erdogan on the occasion of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha (feast of Sacrifice).
He hailed the continuous and good relationship between the two neighboring countries in all areas of bilateral relations, including economic, political, cultural and international ones.
Emphasizing the need to continue their cooperation in the future and the development and deepening of bilateral ties, Rouhani said,” Iran and Turkey have a responsible and cooperative approach in various global and regional issues and matters affecting the Islamic world, which has helped solve the region's problems through dialogue and negotiation.”
Erdogan, for his part, offered his congratulations to the Iranian government and nation on the occasion of Eid al-Adha and described Tehran-Ankara relations as cordial and developing.
“Turkey and Iran have common positions and cooperation on important regional and international issues,” the Turkish president added.
He praised efforts by Rouhani over the past eight years to develop and deepen strategic relations and cooperation between the two countries and underlined the need to continue cooperation to contribute to the growing trend of relations in the future.
Pointing to the special situation prevailing in the region and Iran’s important position and role in helping resolve important regional issues, the Turkish president stressed the need for cooperation between the two neighbors to resolve the crises, including those in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In relevant remarks in mid-April, Rouhani in a phone conversation with Erdogan had underlined that cooperation between Tehran and Ankara can lead to the resolution of different problems and crises in the region.
“Cooperation between Iran and Turkey, as two important and influential countries in the region, can be effective in resolving regional problems and crises,” Rouhani said on April 14.
“Cooperation among regional countries is essential to ensure security, peace and stability. We believe it is dangerous to let the usurping Zionist regime gain a foothold in the region, and it is necessary for it (Israel) to be seriously dealt with,” he added.
Rouhani stressed the importance of improving Iran’s cooperation with Turkey on regional and international issues, including the settlement of the Syrian crisis through the Astana talks.
Pointing to cordial Tehran-Ankara relations, the president noted that the expansion of cooperation in various political, economic and trade sectors can help both sides play a “better” role in the region.
Rouhani also expressed hope that the upcoming 28th meeting of the Iran-Turkey joint economic committee would further enhance joint efforts in the fields of energy, transportation and trade and commodity exchanges between the two countries.
He said the two neighbors need to work together and share experience and capabilities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Erdogan, for his part, said his country is firmly determined to deepen friendly relations with Iran and hailed bilateral cooperation even during the coronavirus outbreak.
He added that the planned meeting of the joint economic committee is a clear example of the two countries’ resolve to strengthen cooperation, especially in the economic and trade fields.