Iran, Turkey to discuss bilateral strategic ties

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iran and Turkey would hold a conference to discuss bilateral strategic ties under regional developments on Monday.

The conference would be attended by Iranian and Turkish experts and is sponsored by Iranian Middle East Strategic Studies Research Center and Political Science Association and Turkish Middle East Strategic Studies Research Center.

Early April, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for the expansion of joint efforts aimed at fighting terrorism and extremism in the Middle East, saying that the two countries share a common view on the issue.

“The two sides agree on the view that instability, insecurity and war should stop in the entire region,” President Rouhani said in a joint press conference with the Turkish president in the Iranian capital, Tehran.

The Iranian president also stated that Tehran and Ankara should boost bilateral efforts to tackle terrorism in the region, saying, “Together, we should fight terrorism and extremism in order to achieve brotherhood between Muslims and people in the region.”

Erdogan, for his part, touched upon the current situation in Iraq and Syria, saying that Tehran and Ankara should cooperate on the issue as a matter of Islamic unity.

Erdogan emphasized the need for dialogue in order for the bloodshed in countries such as Iraq to stop

By ISNA