Bahram Qassemi

Qasemi: Zarif visit to Turkey, constructive

Tehran, Aug 13, IRNA – Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Bahram Qasemi said that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s day-long visit to Turkey was constructive and in line with the both sides’ national interests.

Qasemi told reporters on Saturday that Zarif was warmly received in Turkey and held long-time and detailed talks with senior officials of that country.

The two sides discussed issues of mutual interests regarding bilateral, regional and international developments, said the spokesman.

Noting that several agreements were made during the foreign minister’s visit, Qasemi said the Iranian travel agencies are no longer banned from resuming their activities in Turkey, said the spokesman.

Iran banned activities of its travel agencies in Turkey due to security concerns following the July 15 aborted military coup in that country.

‘The Turkish officials have promised to provide security and welfare for the Iranian tourists,’ Qasemi said adding that Iran has consequently, lifted bans on the flights between the two countries, but still there should be due considerations regarding the security conditions of the Iranian tourists who would be flying to Turkey.

‘Lifting the bans does not mean that the travel agencies are not accountable for providing due services for the Iranian tourists,’ the spokesman stressed.