Erdogan to visit Iran later in January: Davutoglu

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to visit Iran later this month as the two countries seek to upgrade ties, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says. 

Davutoglu was quoted by Turkish media as saying that Erdogan’s visit will be reciprocated by an official visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

“When Rouhani became the Iranian president, Turkey and Iran decided to communicate frequently, if possible every month, to discuss our mutual agendas and exchange views. I can say that we have accomplished this in the past five months,” he said.

Davutoglu noted that Iran and Turkey have also agreed to establish a high-level cooperation council mechanism, adding, “Hopefully we will complete the preparations for this mechanism before our prime minister’s visit to Iran.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Turkey on Saturday and met with Erdogan and Davutoglu.

During the Zarif-Erdogan meeting, Iran and Turkey underlined their determination to boost the value of bilateral trade volume.

During a visit to Tehran in November, Davutoglu said his country can become an energy corridor for its eastern oil- and gas-rich neighbor, Iran.

In October, the Turkish minister of energy and natural resources said Turkey will raise its gas imports from Iran – currently standing at 10 billion cubic meters a year – if possible.

Iran is Turkey’s second biggest gas supplier after Russia. Turkey uses a significant portion of its imported Iranian natural gas to generate electricity.

By Press TV


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