TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish Ambassador to Tehran Reza Hakan Tekin underlined that Tehran and Ankara as two regional powers have age-old relations and share common goals despite their differences on some regional issues.
“Turkey and Iran are two regional powers and they have historical relations, but they may have some disagreements on certain regional issues,” Hakan Tekin said on Monday.
The Turkish ambassador reiterated that expansion of Iran-Turkey relations will not only benefit the two countries, but also benefit all the regional nations.
Last month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Hakan Tekin stressed the need for unity of all the regional countries against Takfiri terrorist groups in a bid to defeat and drive them out of the region, asking Turkey to cooperate in the fight against terrorism and extremism to stop the current bloodshed.
“Bloodshed should be stopped in the region by eradicating terrorism and the present geographical borders should remain intact through respecting the territorial integrity of the neighboring and regional countries,” the Iranian president said during the meeting.
The Turkish envoy, for his part, reiterated that resolving the regional problems is impossible without seeking Iran’s consultation.
He said that Iran and Turkey might have small differences on some regional issues, “but we believe that the two countries principally share similar views.”
Hakan Tekin pointed to the presence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the region, and said, “The national security strategy of Turkey sees the ISIL terrorist group as a serious threat and Ankara will confront any effort by the group to find new locations in Iraq and Syria.”
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