Turkey parliament speaker calls for enhancement of Ankara-Tehran ties

Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek says his country attaches great significance to strengthening ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Ankara has always regarded its relations with Iran as very important, said the top Turkish parliamentarian in a meeting with Iran’s Vice President for parliamentary affairs Lotfollah Forouzandeh in Ankara on Thursday.

Cicek said officials from both countries are currently in close contact “at the highest level,” adding that Iran and Turkey are two regional heavyweights, which makes such engagements all the more significant.

He further said peace, stability and development in Turkey and in its neighboring countries are closely intertwined.

The Turkish parliament speaker noted that differences in views between Tehran and Ankara on certain regional and international matters should not hinder promotion of mutual relations.

The top Iranian official, for his part, called for further interaction with Turkey, saying any differences of opinion the two countries may have on any issues should be addressed through negotiations.

“Iran believes that the expansion of ties between the two countries and interaction on important international issues benefits both nations, and friendship with Iran is also important and valuable for Turkey and this is a win-win relationship,” the Iranian vice president said.

Forouzandeh further expressed appreciation over Turkey’s support for Iran’s nuclear energy program, which the Western countries led by the US allege may be geared toward military objectives. Iran vehemently denies the allegations, citing religious prohibitions and a firm commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferations of Nuclear weapons (NPT).

By Press TV


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