Turkish FM: Turkey and Iran are not rivals-UPDATED

Turkish Foreign Minsiter Ahmet Davutoglu has said that Turkey and Iran are not rivals ahead of his two-day visit to Tehran.

Turkish FM: Turkey and Iran are not rivals-UPDATED

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's and Iran's economies are not rival economies and with mutual integration bilateral relations particularly on energy and culture will gain impetus in upcoming days, said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during his visit in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Wednesday.

Following a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, Davutoglu said removing sanctions imposed on Iran after a nuclear deal with the six world powers will have a positive impact on the bilateral relations between the two countries and Iran's economic influence in the region.

Iran agreed on limiting some of its nuclear activities in exchange for eased sanctions with the five permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council plus Germany, in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 24.

Davutoglu said he also discussed how to contribute to the resolution of Syria crisis with his counterpart adding, "The stability in Syria, Lebanon and all other countries in the region attaches great importance both to Turkey and Iran. Working together against counter-terrorism and provocations in the region was also on our agenda."

When asked about Turkey's policy on Egypt, Davutoglu said Turkey supported the political will and legitimacy of Egyptian people, reiterating that Turkey does not support any groups or sects in the region.

Meanwhile, Zarif expressed optimism that talks between Turkey and Iran would help resolve Syria crisis as well as cooperation between the two countries.

In closed meetings, Davutoglu also met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani. He departed for Turkey after the talks.

Davutoglu invites Rouhani to mark Rumi's death

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced on Wednesday that he invited Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Turkey on December 17 to mark the death of Jalaluddin Rumi, the world-renowned Persian mystic and poet.

Davutoglu announced the invitation via his Twitter account.

The Turkish foreign minister has just finished a two-day trip to Iran, where he met President Rouhani, his counterpart Javad Zarif, and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.

He said on Twitter that his bilateral meetings were fruitful.

"I believe that following the nuclear agreement, Turkish-Iranian relations will advance on the economic front," he wrote.

A nuclear deal last week between world powers and the Islamic Republic involves compromises on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for a mild easing of economic sanctions that bear down heavily on the country's economy.

Last Mod: 28 Kasım 2013, 10:27
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