Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he is confident that Tehran and Ankara share viewpoints on the liberation of the occupied Palestinian territories and the Holy Quds.
“I am confident that the two countries (Iran and Turkey) have common views on issues related to Iraq, liberation of the Holy Al-Quds and the return of the Palestinians to their homeland,” President Rouhani said in a joint meeting of high-ranking Iranian and Turkish officials in Ankara presided by the two countries’ presidents.
The Iranian president pointed to bloodshed and killings in the Muslim countries in the name of religion, and said, “It is our duty to prevent bloodshed because the people and governments of Iran and Turkey have always been and are looking for peace and security; hence, they should familiarize the world with genuine Islam which is moderate Islam based on the teachings of the prophet of Islam, while confronting extremism and violence.”
The Turkish president, for his part, pointed to status quo in the Iran-Turkey relations, and said, “Iran and Turkey are-old and close friends in humanitarian, cultural and historical terms.”
The Iranian president started his official visit to Turkey on Monday to discuss the latest developments on the international and regional scenes and explore new avenues for reinvigoration of all-out ties.
Iran and Turkey increased their trade transactions in the first two months of 2014 as compared with the figures of the corresponding period in the last year.
The value of trade transactions between Tehran and Ankara hit $2.115bln in January and February, the trade data recently released by the Turkish government said.
The two countries have in recent years increased their cooperation in all the various fields of economy, security, trade, education, energy and culture.
Iranian and Turkish officials have repeatedly stressed the necessity for stronger relations and increasing their bilateral trade to $30bln by 2015.