Iranian envoy: Media outlets can play major role in boosting Tehran-Ankara ties

Tasnim – Iranian Ambassador to Turkey Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard underlined the importance of the two countries’ media outlets, saying they can play a major role in boosting Tehran-Ankara relations in all areas.

During his visit to Anadolu Agency headquarters in Ankara on Thursday, Taherian Fard hailed the growing cooperation between Iran and Turkey and said currently, the relations between the two neighbors are developing.

He further emphasized that the recent trip to the Islamic Republic by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened a new chapter in the history of bilateral ties.

The ambassador also pointed to the media outlets of the two countries and said they form “a major part of the puzzle of cooperation” between the two countries.

Director General of the Anadolu Agency Senol Kazanci, for his part, said he believes that the contacts between the two countries’ journalists should develop within a proper framework.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Erdogan paid an official visit to Iran earlier this month. He arrived in Tehran on October 4 to attend the fourth round of strategic meetings between Iran and Turkey and to discuss the latest regional developments and the status of bilateral ties with Iranian officials.

Iran and Turkey have ramped up efforts to boost bilateral trade since the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a lasting nuclear deal between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

The deal took effect in January 2016, terminating all nuclear-related sanctions on Iran.

In April last year, Iran and Turkey signed eight memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to strengthen bilateral cooperation in various areas.

The cooperation documents were signed in a ceremony in Ankara attended by the two countries’ presidents.

The documents covered a range of fields, including higher education, social security, plant maintenance services and standardization.