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Tehran, Ankara to Set Up Joint Economic Commission

January 30, 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi announced that Tehran and Ankara have decided to set up a Joint Economic Commission to pursue further expansion of ties more seriously. The two sides agreed to hold a joint economic commission in the near future, Vaezi stated after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a two day visit to Iran on Tuesday and Wednesday. Several documents were signed between Iran and Turkey on Wednesday on economic, cultural, political, trade, banking, customs and cinematic cooperation, he added. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani was also invited to visit Turkey in the near future, the minister said, noting that the visit will likely take place within the next three months. Iran and Turkey are both trying to return to the golden age of their relations after a period of recession in ties due to their differences on certain regional issues, specially over Syria . After Erdogan vowed to have tight cooperation with Iran in combating terrorist groups, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran and Ankara share common views over regional issues. The two top officials made the remarks at a meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, where they reiterated accelerated efforts to reinvigorate cooperation on bilateral, regional and international scenes. Erdogan said Turkey shares Iran's sensitivity to the necessity of campaign against terrorism, and stated, "The terrorist groups that are operating under the cover of Islam are no way related to Islam. Where has it been mentioned in Islam that innocent people should be killed in the most savage way." "We will widen our cooperation shoulder-to-shoulder with Iran in combating terrorist groups," underlined the Turkish prime minister. The Turkish prime minister noted the strengthened, age-old, brotherly relations and bonds between the two nations, and urged all-out expansion of Tehran - Ankara relations in all the political, economic and cultural fields. In response, the Iranian president told the visiting Turkish premier that "we share common views about crucial regional issues, including campaign against terrorism and extremism". He further pointed to the two countries' shared views about the need for immediate assistance and aid to the Syrian people as among those areas the two Muslim neighboring states can have tighter cooperation. Rouhani underlined that only the Syrian people are entitled to the right to decide the fate and future of their country, and added, " Iran - Turkey cooperation on other regional issues, specially those related to neighbors' security which are among the two countries' common concerns, should develop as well." Â Â Â

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Source: FARS News Agency

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