FM: Iran Eyes €30bln Mark in Trade with Turkey
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that his country is seeking to increase its economic relations with Turkey, and further added that Tehran and Ankara have set a target for €30 billion in annual trade exchanges.
The top diplomat made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan in Tehran on Sunday.
Amir Abdollahian stated that he has held fruitful talks with Fidan, and they have weighed plans to carry out the deals reached in the recent meeting between the presidents of the two countries, Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"The agreements between the two presidents are on the right track,” the Iranian diplomat continued.
He said that Iran and Turkey have set a target of achieving €30 billion in bilateral trade, adding that the two countries are well on track to gaining this goal.
Shifting the focus to the regional developments, the Iranian minister added they have conferred about Turkey’s concerns about Syria.
“Stressing the sovereignty of states, we believe that the concerns of Turkey and Syria about the issues relating to terrorism must result in cooperation between the two countries through diplomacy,” he emphasized.
The Turkish foreign minister, for his part, said the two sides held negotiations over the efforts to ensure security along the common border, fight against terror groups, facilitate transportation and further raise the value of trade exchanges.
Fidan acknowledged Iran and Turkey as powerful countries in West Asia, stressing the importance of peaceful relations between Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
He noted that Ankara will be hosting President Rayeesi in the coming days for the 8th meeting of the supreme council of Turkey and Iran.
The senior diplomat underlined that Syrian citizens residing in Turkey need to return home in full security, and further underscored that Ankara wants to cooperate with Damascus closely in the fight against terrorism.
The administration of President Rayessi has made ties with neighbors a top priority of its foreign policy.
Iranian officials have repeatedly reiterated that President Rayeesi's foreign policy is basically built on good neighborliness. They stated that Tehran is willing to further bolster cooperation with its neighbors despite enemies' opposition.
Back in mid-July, Erdogan said that the volume of trade between Ankara and Tehran has reached $7 billion, but both countries are after a higher volume of commercial exchanges.
""Our goal is to reach a trade volume of $30 billion," Erdogan stated during a press conference with Rayeesi in Tehran.
"Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the volume of trade decreased significantly, and it has now reached $7 billion, therefore, I believe that with the determination of the two countries, we will be able to reach the volume of trade of $30 billion. Also, by taking steps in the field of oil and natural gas, we can speed up this matter," he added.
The Iranian president, for his part, noted that the level of the countries’ trade ties could reach $30 billion, namely three times their current level.
In the last two decades with Erdogan at the helm, trade between Tehran and Ankara has grown. Turkey has been among the few countries resolutely opposing the illegal US sanctions against Iran.
On the other side, Iran was among the first countries to denounce an attempted military coup staged against the Erdogan government in 2016 and was also among the first to send humanitarian aid and relief teams during February’s devastating earthquake in Turkey.