TEHRAN (Iran News) –Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan underlined that cooperation between Tehran and Ankara can lead to the resolution of different problems and crises in the region.
“Cooperation between Iran and Turkey, as two important and influential countries in the region, can be effective in resolving regional problems and crises,” Rouhani said on Wednesday.
“Cooperation among regional countries is essential to ensure security, peace and stability. We believe it is dangerous to let the usurping Zionist regime gain a foothold in the region, and it is necessary for it (Israel) to be seriously dealt with,” he added.
Rouhani stressed the importance of improving Iran’s cooperation with Turkey on regional and international issues, including the settlement of the Syrian crisis through the Astana talks.
Pointing to cordial Tehran-Ankara relations, the president noted that the expansion of cooperation in various political, economic and trade sectors can help both sides play a “better” role in the region.
Rouhani also expressed hope that the upcoming 28th meeting of the Iran-Turkey joint economic committee would further enhance joint efforts in the fields of energy, transportation and trade and commodity exchanges between the two countries.
He said the two neighbors need to work together and share experience and capabilities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Erdogan, for his part, said his country is firmly determined to deepen friendly relations with Iran and hailed bilateral cooperation even during the coronavirus outbreak.
He added that the planned meeting of the joint economic committee is a clear example of the two countries’ resolve to strengthen cooperation, specially in the economic and trade fields.
The Iranian president has had phone calls with his Iraqi counterpart Barham Salih and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani over the past days on the occasion of the start of the holy month of Ramadan.