Iran, Turkey’s cooperation on diverse issues essential: Iranian vice-president

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The neighbours are at odds over the war in Syria: Iran is a key supporter of President Bashar al-Assad and Turkey is his most outspoken critic.

DavutoÄŸlu for his part underlined the need for Tehran-Ankara regional cooperation to fight terrorism and said, ‘As far as regional issues are concerned, we should join hands and stand the barbaric methods of the terrorist groups’.
Davutoglu acknowledged on Saturday that Iran and Turkey differ on Syria, but said cooperation between the two was necessary to end the bloodshed there.
He added that Iran and Turkey are two brotherly neighboring countries, sharing abundant religious and cultural commonalties.
Jahangiri said he had held two meetings with Davutoglu, where they “had fruitful discussions on bilateral ties and regional issues”.
The comments, days before the planned resumption of Syrian peace talks in Geneva, also reflected a will on both sides to reap trade benefits from the easing of global sanctions against Iran in January.
“The main obstacle that prevented us from reaching our goal were the sanctions”, he said.
Trade between the two nations was $9.7 billion (8.8 billion euros) in 2015, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute.
Turkey mainly sells machinery, vehicles and iron and steel products to Iran. Tehran has long insisted that its nuclear program was purely for energy purposes, with no military component, a claim scoffed at by foreign powers, most notably the United States.
Turkey has lagged behind other European countries in tapping into Iran’s newly freed $400 billion economy.
The Turkish prime minister said Turkey’s foreign policy is based on respecting national sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-intervention of foreign countries, and right of people of countries to decide their fate.