Vice President: Tehran, Ankara managing differences for regional stability

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and Turkey are trying to resolve their major differences over the Syrian crisis in order to stabilize the volatile region of the Middle East, First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri said on Saturday.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Jahangiri said Tehran and Ankara share common positions on a wide range of issues, however, they still have their differences over Syria and the region that they are determined to resolve for the sake of regional peace and security.

“The Takfiri and Salafi terrorists have destabilized the region, where Iran and Turkey share common interests. For that reason, the two neighbors are determined to resolve their differences through talks,” he added.

Davutoglu, for his part, said, “Turkey and Iran are at odds over the war in Syria, however, they must still develop a common perspective in order to stop foreign powers from getting into the region,” he added.

“In our meetings, we have discussed upgrading the bilateral ties in order to boost cooperation in energy, banking, transport and tourism. By upgrading our bilateral ties we can also sit for talks in order to resolve our political differences in the region,” he said.

Davutoglu heading a high-ranking delegation arrived in Tehran on Saturday to mark the first official visit by a Turkish premier in the wake of the nuclear Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

He is accompanied by ministers of economy, customs and trade, energy, transport, communications and development, government officials and representatives of major Turkish media.

The visit follows consultations between the two countries’ foreign ministries with the objective of expansion and strengthening of political, cultural, and economic relations.

Considering the combination of the Turkish prime minister’s entourage, economic and trade issues could be a main agenda of his meetings in Tehran including achieving the 30-billion-dollar outlook in Iran-Turkey commercial ties.

Turkey intends to give a new impetus to its trade ties with neighboring Iran following removal of sanctions thorough a more active role by its private sector .

To this end, the 25th round of Iran-Turkey Joint Economic Cooperation Council is scheduled to convene in Turkey later this year.

Despite their differences on Syria, Turkey and Iran have largely maintained cordial diplomatic relations over the years.

By Fars News Agency