Cicek visit to focus on regional issues: Iran official

A senior Iranian official says bilateral and regional issues will be the focus of Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek’s visit to Iran.

Hossein Sheikholeslam, the Iranian Majlis speaker’s advisor on international affairs, said on Saturday that bilateral issues, particularly economic cooperation between Tehran and Ankara, are on the agenda of talks with Cicek.

“The most important issue of our region is Syria and this issue will also be discussed during the visit of the Turkish parliament speaker …,” Sheikholeslam added.

Cicek arrived in Tehran at the head of a high-ranking parliamentary delegation to hold talks with officials of the Islamic Republic earlier on Saturday.

The Turkish speaker’s visit comes at the Invitation of his Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani.

Referring to the recent visit of Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi to Iran, Sheikholeslam said the Iraqi official proposed a plan to resolve the Syrian crisis during his visit.

Nujaifi visited Iran earlier in September and hold talks with President Hassan Rouhani, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011.

A very large number of the militants operating inside Syria are reportedly foreign nationals. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies, especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

In a recent statement, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said the number of Syrian refugees, who have fled the country’s 29-month-long conflict, reached two million.

By Press TV


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