Iranian IT minister to arrive in Turkey on Tuesday

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi is to arrive in Turkey on Tuesday to discuss new ways of promoting bilateral ties with senior Turkish officials.

Vaezi’s trip is taking place upon formal invitation of Turkish Minister of Development Cevdet Yilmaz.

A high-ranking delegation is accompanying the Iranian minister.

Vaezi and his accompanying delegation will have separate meeting with senior Turkish officials, including Cevdet Yilmaz, Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Transportation, Maritime and Communication Lutfi Elvan and Minister of Sciences, Industry and Technology Fikri Isik.

During his 2-day stay in Ankara, Vaezi will review the latest developments in Iran-Turkey relations, follow up the agreements signed during the 24th joint commission meeting and explore ways of boosting Tehran-Ankara trade exchange to $30bln annually.

Last week’s reports said that the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a plan to pay an official visit to Tehran to confer on the latest regional and international developments, and explore new avenues for the further promotion of all-out ties.

Erdogan’s visit will take place at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

Erdogan, who will head a high-ranking delegation, is to hold separate meetings with the country’s senior officials.

Both Iran and Turkey are influential countries in the region and their closer cooperation would be crucial to end regional crises.

Meantime, Iran’s rich energy resources have been always matter of attention for Ankara official whose country is in dire need to gas and oil.

Under a contract signed in 1996, Turkey imports 10 billion cubic meters per year of gas from Iran. The contract became active in 2001. Turkey depends on imports for almost all of its natural gas needs, estimated to hit 52 billion cubic meters this year.

Turkey is keen to increase oil and gas imports from Tehran in anticipation of sanctions against Iran’s huge energy sector being dismantled in the wake of an interim nuclear deal in 2013 between Tehran and six big powers.

By Fars News Agency


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