Turkey and Iran opened on Saturday a new border crossing in a move to cement ties and boost trade.
The Kapikoy-Razi border crossing has been inaugurated at a ceremony attended by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, State Minister Hayati Yazici, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Deputy Vice President Ali Agha Mohammadi.
Speaking at the ceremony, Davutoglu said, "today, we would like to announce that Turkey and Iran will be friends forever."
Davutoglu said that Turkish government has been following a policy of "zero problem with neighbors" over the past eight years to deepen friendship and make the brotherhood stronger.
"That's why customs gates are not walls for us, but they are gates of brotherhood," he said.
Davutoglu also heralded opening of two more border crossings between the two countries, saying Esendere-Sero crossing will open in June, and Maku crossing will follow.
"So, all the border crossings between Turkey and Iran will be opened and historical friendship will be cemented and it will pass to next generations," he said.
Trade between Turkey and Iran exceeded 10 billion USD. Turkish and Iranian governments have set a target to make it 30 billion USD during recent talks.
"We are opening these gates to achieve that target," Davutoglu said.
For his part, Salehi said that Turkey and Iran were a unique example of how two neighbors share a lot in terms of culture and language.
"We must benefit from these humanitarian and cultural investments. Our duty, as officials, is to move forward these common values," Salehi said.
Salehi also expressed hope to achieve the 30 billion USD trade target and said, "the future of Turkey and Iran is bright."
Following the ceremony, Davutoglu and Salehi headed to Iran for the three-way meeting of foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan.
Sources claim that senior Israeli and Turkish officials have held a secret meeting in Rome to renew talks on a reconciliation agreement between the two nations
The ambassador to the US, John Bass, has shared his concerns with Turkey regarding the territorial integrity of Syria and has said that Turkey should open SEast airbases
The public prosecutors office has sought life sentences for the suspects that violated Turkey’s national security in 2014 when they searched Turkish intelligence trucks in Adana en route to Syria
Turkey on Friday reappointed a former defence minister after his successor was elected as parliamentary speaker.
Turkish newspapers on Friday report on possible coalition scenarios in Turkey, Greece’s bailout referendum
The Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu has said that he will not peculation about Turkish military action in Syria, saying country will not be put at risk
Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline will have significant effect on economies involved, SOCAR Turkey CEO Kenan Yavuz told
A Syrian refugee has set himself on fire to protest his 15 year old sons abduction by the PKK.
Turkish dailies on Thursday report on the Turkish parliamentary speaker election, Greek debt crisis
Thousands take to streets all over Turkey to protest China's alleged ban on Muslims fasting during Ramadan
Foreign Ministry statement offers sympathy to victims' families
Turkish AK party candidate has been elected Turkish parliament speaker
Turkish police have detained 7 people suspected of being part of ISIL
The Turkish army has boosted security on the border with Syria
Turkish newspapers on Wednesday focus on ongoing voting for the country's parliamentary speaker