Iran 1st VP in Istanbul for meeting top Turkish officials, attending D-8 Summit

October 21, The Iran Project – First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri arrived in Turkey on Oct 19 to hold talks with Turkish officials and attend D-8 Summit in Istanbul.

Eshaq Jahangiri was officially welcomed on Thursday by the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım.

While in Turkey, Jahangiri attended a joint presser with Yıldırım and inked two MoUs, participated in 9th Summit of the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation, addressed that gathering and  held separate meetings with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Yıldırım as well as Turkish President  Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

At a press conference with Turkish Prim Minister on Oct. 19,  Jahangiri reiterated that Turkey and Iran support Iraq’s territorial integrity.

Turkey welcomes close cooperation with Iran in realizing a more effective struggle against the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Yıldırım stated for his part.

Following the negotiations between the high ranking delegations of the two countries, Iran’s first vice president and Turkey’s Prime Minister signed two memoranda of understanding on Oct. 19 as part of deepening and developing interactions between the two countries.

The two Memoranda of Understanding entail bilateral cooperation in the areas of science and technology between Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology and Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council as well as environmental cooperation between the two countries.

Besides in a meeting with Aliyev in Istanbul, Turkey, on Thursday evening, Jahangiri called for expansion of Tehran-Baku cooperation in tackling the extremist and terrorist groups in the sensitive region of Middle East.

The Azeri president also said Baku-Tehran-Ankara cooperation is vital for establishing security and bolstering economic development in the region.

Addressing the 9th Summit of the Developing-8 Countries (D-8) meeting in Istanbul on Oct. 20, Jahangiri said that the adoption of interventionist policies on the one hand and the growth of extremism and regional violence on the other hand has contributed to the emergence of the current challenges, crises and threats facing the world.

The ninth summit marks the 20th anniversary of the economic group consisting of eight emerging economies from the Muslim world.

Also in a meeting held in Turkey on Friday evening with Erdogan, Iranian first vice-president said that Tehran and Ankara have targeted the 30-billion-dollar goal in their trade exchange, adding that the two countries will soon reach the figure in their trade exchange as it has already been planned.

For his part, the Turkish president said that his country is strongly determined to reach the 30-billion-dollar trade exchange between the two countries.

In the area of oil, Erdogan noted that his country is willing to buy more oil from Iran, as well.