Closer Iran-Turkey ties in interest of region, global peace: Rouhani

Iran’s President-elect Hassan Rouhani says the enhancement of the relations between the Islamic Republic and Turkey will benefit the region as well as global peace.

Responding to an earlier congratulatory message from Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul, Rouhani said on Monday that, “The Iranian and Turkish nations have unique historical and cultural commonalities and we hope that these commonalities will lead to stability and security in this important and sensitive region of the world at this juncture.”

He added that the two nations can boost mutual ties in a whole range of areas, which will benefit the region and global peace.

In the Monday telephone conversation, Gul once again congratulated Rouhani over his victory in the June 14 presidential election.

The Turkish president expressed hope the Rouhani administration would be successful, calling for closer Iran-Turkey ties.

Rouhani emerged victorious in the presidential election of June 14, which was marked by a high voter turnout, winning 50.7 percent of a total of 36, 704, 156 ballots counted.

The Interior Ministry put the voter turnout at 72.7 percent.

Also responding to Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s congratulatory message, Rouhani expressed hope that bilateral ties between Tehran and Kabul would further expand through cooperation and joint efforts.

Iran’s President-elect Rouhani 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 the director of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research, as well.

By Press TV

 

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