Rouhani: Iran-Turkey cooperation to consolidate regional stability


A handout picture provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on March 5, 2016 shows Iran’s first vice president, Eshaq Jahangiri (R) and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu giving a joint press conference after a meeting in the capital Tehran.

“Iran and Turkey have common objectives and interests and should strengthen the foundations for regional peace and stability through mutual cooperation and their focus on the fight against terrorism as a common enemy”, Rouhani underlined.
The premier’s trip is the highest level between the two neighboring countries for nearly a year after President Recep Tayyib Erdogan paid an official visit to Tehran in April 2015.
Iran sells gas to Turkey and an increase in exports is one of the topics that should be discussed during Davutoglu’s trip.
The presence of terrorist groups, he said, poses a threat to security and stability in the entire region.
Davutoglu acknowledged on Saturday that Iran and Turkey differ on Syria, but said cooperation between the two was necessary to end the bloodshed there.
“We believe regional issues should only be resolved by the regional countries and nations”.
“With all our contradictions, Turkey and Iran share a common goal – to extinguish the ethnic conflicts in the region”.
He also said that Tehran and Ankara enjoy many capacities for growing relations in various domains, especially in the transportation, energy, trade, joint investment, tourism, scientific and technological sectors and they are ready to start common cooperation in all the fields.
Despite their differences on Syria, Turkey and Iran have largely maintained cordial diplomatic relations over the years.
Turkish PM concluded that his fellow country considers respect for territorial integrity and national sovereignty of other countries as basic principles of its foreign policy.