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Erdogan to visit Iran in January

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to visit Iran in January, a Turkish daily reported.

Erdogan is scheduled to visit Iran at top of a high-ranking delegation following his travels to Ethiopia, Tanzania and Somalia, Today Zaman reported.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has recently visited Iran and met with senior Iranian officials.

Cavusoglu traveled to Tehran in December at the invitation of Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Despite some differences on certain regional issues, Turkey and Iran have recently made efforts to enhance bilateral relations.

Tehran and Ankara signed 10 economic agreements during a visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the head of a high-ranking delegation to Turkey in June.

The value of trade between Iran and Turkey in the first half of 2014 stood at $6.5 billion, according to data released by Turkish Statistical Institute.

Trade between Turkey and Iran totaled $22 billion in 2012 before dipping to $14.5 billion in the following year due to the economic sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic by the West.

The two neighboring countries seek to increase their trade volume to $35 billion by 2015.



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