Turkish President Planning to Visit Iran in March
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to pay an official visit to Tehran next month to explore new avenues for the further expansion of all-out ties and discuss the latest regional and international developments with senior Iranian officials, a senior diplomat announced on Sunday.
“The exact date of Erdogan’s visit to Tehran has not been set yet, but it will take place in March,” Turkish Ambassador to Tehran Reza Hakan Tekin told FNA today.
The Turkish envoy noted that the Second Meeting of Iran-Turkey Joint Commission will also be held concurrent with Erdogan’s visit to the Tehran.
Erdogan’s visit will take place at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.
Erdogan, who will head a high-ranking delegation, is to hold separate meetings with the country’s senior officials.
Both Iran and Turkey are influential countries in the region and their closer cooperation would be crucial to end regional crises.
Iran and Turkey have broadened their relations in various fields of economy, security, trade, education, energy and culture in the recent years.
The two sides have exchanged several politico-economic delegations during the last few months.
Turkey imports more than 90 percent of its oil and gas.
Iran and Turkey are determined to boost their trade exchanges to $35bln in the near future.
Meantime, Iran’s rich energy resources have been always matter of attention for Ankara official whose country is in dire need to gas and oil.
Under a contract signed in 1996, Turkey imports 10 billion cubic meters per year of gas from Iran. The contract became active in 2001. Turkey depends on imports for almost all of its natural gas needs, estimated to hit 52 billion cubic meters this year.