Iran, Turkey explore new areas of cooperation

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-1-28 17:53:50

New areas of cooperation between Iran and Turkey will be discussed in the imminent visit of the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Iran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Tuesday.

"This evening, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan will arrive in Tehran. This is an important visit, and new areas of cooperation between two countries will be discussed," Afkham said at her weekly press conference.

Asked about Iran and Turkey's probable talks on Syria issue, Afkham said the two countries are cooperating on mutual ties as well as on regional issues.

"As two neighbors and Muslim countries, Iran and Turkey enjoy many commonalities and many cooperation opportunities," Afkham said, adding that the two countries have long been in contact over diverse bilateral issues, including the regional issues.

In the upcoming visit, Erdogan is scheduled to meet with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, the First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri and the Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, she said.

Rouhani is also scheduled to make an official visit to Turkey in the coming months, and the contacts and talks between two countries will be continued, she added.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour said on Monday that four Turkish ministers, including the foreign minister and three economy-related ministers, will accompany Erdogan in his two-day visit to Tehran.

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