Hakan Tekin

Tehran, Ankara explore ways to increase trade ties

Turkish Ambassador to Iran Reza Hakan Tekin

Turkish Ambassador to Iran Reza Hakan Tekin

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Turkish officials in a meeting in Tehran discussed ways to boost trade and economic relations between the two neighboring countries.

The meeting was held between Turkish Ambassador to Iran Reza Hakan Tekin and Head of Iran’s Customs Administration Massoud Karbasian in Tehran on Wednesday. During the meeting, both officials explored ways to promote trade between the two neighboring countries.

Tekin, for his part, said that expansion of customs cooperation, issues surrounding transportation and finally troubles facing Turkish investors in Iran require practical measures to be taken both by Tehran and Ankara.

He expressed the hope that such meetings would pave the way for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Tehran.

Karbasian, for his part, proposed that Iran and Turkey to render custom services round the clock on the joint borders.

Erdogan plans to pay an official visit to Tehran after Nowruz (Persian New Year) celebrations, Tekin announced on Sunday.

“We are making the necessary arrangements for the Turkish President’s visit to Tehran, and it will happan immediately  after Nowruz celebrations,” he said.

The Turkish envoy noted that the Second Meeting of the Iran-Turkey Joint Economic Cooperation Commission would also be held during Erdogan’s visit to Tehran.

Erdogan, who will head a high-ranking delegation in his Tehran visit, 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 the regional crises.

Tehran and Ankara have been pursuing increasing widening of their ties in various fields in the last two decades. Iran is a main energy supplier to Turkey and Ankara has made huge investments in Iran.

Iran is a main destination of Turkish goods and Turkey is among the top destinations of Iranian tourists and traders.

By Fars News Agency