World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey and Iran should build on their shared $100-billion agricultural output, a senior government minister said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a joint news conference in Ankara alongside Iranian Agriculture Minister Mahmoud Hojjati, Turkey's Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Faruk Celik emphasized potential opportunities offered by agricultural trade.
"We have decided to enhance collaboration in the agriculture sector to increase the trade volume between Turkey and Iran from $10 billion to $30 billion," said Celik.
Celik remarked there was more potential for business as the total population of Turkey and Iran is around 160 million.
"For Turkey, Iran is a gate opening to Asia, and for Iran, Turkey is a gate opening to Europe. Considering the regional conflicts, we should focus on how to improve this potential together instead of concerning [ourselves with] unessential issues," Celik said.
Celik said transportation problems in agricultural trade were also discussed during Wednesday’s meeting, and added: "The two countries will share their own experiences for modernization of the agriculture sector."
"Our region is in a ring of fire. If only we talked about agriculture in Damascus, Aleppo and Mosul, instead of terror… The unity of the Muslim world is essential," the Turkish minister added.Last Mod: 27 Ekim 2016, 08:52