Envoy: Iran, Turkey enjoy complementary economies

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard described Tehran and Ankara’s economies as complementary, and stressed the need for the further consolidation of ties and cooperation.

“Capacities of Iran and Turkey’s economies are complementary and we hope that synergy and using the two countries’ scientific and economic capabilities will lead to development and assistance to other Islamic countries,” Taherian Fard said in a meeting with Secretary-General of Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) Mehmet Metin in Ankara on Wednesday.

During the meeting, Taherian Fard and Metin underlined the importance of the development of mutual cooperation to help the OIC plans to increase welfare of the Islamic countries.

Metin, for his part, appreciated Iran’s role in the OIC, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the most powerful countries with which we have the highest level of cooperation.”

Iran and Turkey 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.

In relevant remarks in March, former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Iran and Turkey have complementary economies and that they are required to move toward preferential trade ties, Davutoglu said during a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Istanbul.

Davutoglu also said that his country wants friendly relations with Iran, and called for expanded relations in the fields of energy and transportation following the removal of sanctions.

Zarif, for his part, said Tehran will not forget the friendly countries that stood beside Iran in the hard times and agreed that both countries need to upgrade their relations.

“Sustained cooperation between Iran and Turkey will send a positive message to the Shiites and Sunnis in the Islamic World,” he said.

By Fars News Agency