Erdogan to visit Iran early April

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would visit Iran early April, said Iranian Minister of Communications Mahmoud Vaezi.

Iran and Turkey would hold the second joint committee meeting during Erdogan’s visit, he said, adding, “Iran-Turkey relations should be expanded in economic, cultural and political fields,” Vaezi said in a meeting with Turkish Minister of Development Cevdet Yilmaz here in Tehran.

“Today, given current regional circumstances, we need the further expansion of bilateral ties,” he said, expressing the hope that the two countries would do more for peace and security of the region.

“Turkish minister of development’s visit to Iran aimed at paving the way for the country’s president travel to Iran,” he said.

Cevdet Yilmaz, for his part, said Iran-Turkey ties are not important only in terms of bilateral level, but they are important in terms of improving regional relations.

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.