Turkey calls for expansion of all-out ties with Iran

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has called for further expansion of diplomatic relations and cooperation between Ankara and Tehran in diverse areas.

In a telephone conversation on Monday evening, Gul congratulated Hassan Rohani over his victory in the June 14 president election, lauded the Iranian president-elect’s stances, and wished the next Iranian administration success.

The Turkish president also expected to meet Rohani in person on the sidelines of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in late September.

Rohani expressed hope that Ankara government could resolve the ongoing issues in Turkey through prudence and discretion, describing foreign interference in Turkey’s domestic affairs as “unacceptable.”

The unrest in Turkey began on May 31 after police broke up a sit-in held at Istanbul’s Taksim Square to protest against the proposal to demolish Gezi Park.

The protesters say Gezi Park, which is a traditional gathering point for rallies and demonstrations as well as a popular tourist destination, is one of Istanbul’s last green public spaces.

Five people, including a police officer, have died in the clashes and more than 5,000 protesters and 600 police officers have been injured.

“There is no doubt that expansion of ties and cooperation between the two countries can significantly help the resolution of regional issues and restoration of peace and stability in the region,” the Iranian president-elect noted.

Rohani won 50.7 percent of the vote to secure an outright victory. In the Iranian system, if no presidential candidate receives 50 percent of the vote, the two top candidates must face off in a run-off election.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to participate in the June 14 presidential election. The Interior Ministry put the voter turnout at 72.7 percent.

Rohani currently represents Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the Supreme National Security Council and is also a member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts. He is also the director of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research.

By Press TV


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