Iran, Turkey can promote Mideast peace: Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran and Turkey are two “major and influential” regional countries which can contribute to peace in the Middle East.

“The two countries can exchange views and work together to invite conflicting parties in the region to dialog and take steps toward the establishment of peace and security in the region,” Zarif said upon his arrival in Istanbul on Friday.

He added that he would deliver a speech at the 60th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, “Dialogue, Disarmament, and Regional and Global Security,” in Istanbul on Friday.

“At the Pugwash Conference in Istanbul, I will elaborate on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s stance on global security issues and disarmament, and then will hold talks with Turkish President Abdullah Gul,” the top Iranian diplomat stated.

Zarif noted that he would also discuss a range of issues, including bilateral and regional questions, in separate meetings with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara.

The Iranian foreign minister arrived in Istanbul after he wrapped up an official visit to South Africa.

The Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers previously met on the sidelines of the 68th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 23.

The two men discussed ways to enhance Tehran-Ankara ties, the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly the ongoing conflict in Syria and the Iranian nuclear issue.

In a meeting with Davutoglu in Tehran on August 5, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the enhancement of relations between Iran and Turkey at different levels will play an important role in establishing regional peace and stability.

Rouhani said the two neighboring countries have great capacities for better ties which should be used to strengthen mutual relations at bilateral, regional, and international levels.

By Press TV


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