TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian and Turkish capital cities are slated to be declared as sister cities in a ceremony in Ankara on Wednesday.
Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek will sign the agreement at 15:30 hours local time today in the Turkish capital city.
Tehran Municipality’s Public Relations and International Affairs Director-General Namdar Sedaqat underlined that singing the agreement will further consolidate the friendship bonds between the two nations.
“Endorsement of the sister city agreement between Tehran and Ankara will be an important event as it opens a new chapter in the Iran-Turkey relations,” Deputy Mayor of Ankara Kamel Kelic said on Wednesday.
Iran and Turkey have been expanding their bilateral relations, especially in trade and energy fields throughout the last decade. Trade between Turkey and Iran has risen sharply over the past decade.
Iran-Turkey trade value exceeded $22bln in 2012.
Also, Turkey was Iran’s fifth-largest oil customer in 2011, buying around 200,000 barrels per day, 30 percent of its total imports and more than 7 percent of Iran’s oil exports.
The two countries officials stressed the necessity for stronger relations and pursuing the planned increase of mutual trade to $30bln by 2015.
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