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Turkey to Transit Commodities to Iraq via Iran's Safe, Secure Roads

August 10, 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci asked Tehran to allow the country's trucks to utilize Iran's safe and secure transit roads to the crisis-hit Iraq in a bid to avoid terrorist attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

In a meeting between Zeybekci and Iranian Minister of Industries, Mines and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh in Ankara, the Iranian minister vowed to do his best to pave the ground for Turkish trucks to deliver goods to Iraq through Iran's territory.    Nematzadeh arrived in Ankara on Thursday to discuss ways to further expand mutual cooperation with the Turkish officials. The value of trade between Iran and Turkey in the first half of 2014 stood at $6.5bln, according to data released by Turkish Statistical Institute. Trade between Turkey and Iran stood at $22bln in 2012 before dipping to $14.5bln in the following year due to the economic sanctions imposed on Tehran by the West.          

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Source: FARS News Agency

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