As regards bilateral ties, the Iranian president stated that “regional problems have failed to affect Tehran-Ankara relations”, adding that no obstacle can hinder the expansion of mutual ties in line with common interests.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Tehran and Ankara must develop a “common perspective” in order to help end the crises plaguing the region.
He added that regional issues, “should be settled by regional countries and nations”, according to the Iranian Tasnim news outlet.
“We [Turkey and Iran] are considering that stopping the bloodshed will provide an important basis for political negotiations”, Davutoglu said. “Thus, we believe that regional problems must be resolved by countries and nations of the region and there is no doubt Iran and Turkey can have constructive roles in establishing enduring peace in the region”.
Iran and Turkey aim to triple their annual trade to $30 billion within two years, officials said in Tehran on Saturday, despite the two countries being at odds over fighting in Syria.
Davutoglu arrived in Tehran on Friday on a two-day visit, the first by a Turkish official since the lifting of sanctions under a landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers in January. However, separate USA sanctions on Iran remain in place, making doing business in the Islamic Republic very complicated for American companies.
Turkish trade with Iran reached around $22 billion in 2012 before dropping off sharply to less than half that by past year as worldwide sanctions on Tehran were tightened. Oil and natural gas make up 90 percent of Iranian exports to Turkey, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.
“Iran and Turkey have always had good neighborly relations”.
Turkey will serve as a key transit route for Iranian energy supplies to Europe and wants to integrate high-speed rail projects to connect ports on its Mediterranean and Black Sea coasts with Iran, Davutoglu said.