Turkish top commander: Ankara, Tehran can uproot terrorism

IRNA – Visiting Chief of the General Staff of Turkey Hulusi Akar said Ankara and Tehran can control and annihilate terrorism.

Akar made the remarks upon his arrival in Tehran Mehrabad Airport where he was welcomed by deputy commander of General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for international affairs General Qadiri.

The Turkish commander emphasized the need for countering terrorism in the region.

Touching upon the two countries’ cooperation in the military arenas, Akar said Ankara and Tehran are keen on expanding military collaboration in tackling terrorism and boosting security of border areas.

The Turkish top commander said serving the interests of the two nations is the top priority of Tehran and Ankara.

‘Both sides are victims of terrorism,’ he said, regretting that in their anti-terror operations, Iran and Turkey have, so far, lost several military forces.

Akar also stressed that the two sides are fully determined to uproot terrorism in the region.

Meanwhile, Commander Qadiri said, for his part, that Iran and Turkey are considered as pivotal and influential countries in the region.

Touching upon the existing sensitive conditions in the Middle East, the Iranian official said that the two countries’ collaboration would play a positive role in the fight against terror in the region.

He said tackling terrorism in the region has inflicted heavy expenses on Iran and Turkey, adding that the expenses would be reduced through expanding mutual collaboration and consultations.

Qadiri concluded as saying that Tehran and Ankara enjoy common stance on tackling terrorism.

Akar and his entourage arrived in Tehran Sunday evening for a visit which is taking place in response to an August visit to Turkey by Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri.