Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) meets Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 15, 2016.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says the Ankara government is ready to provide all sort of assistance to neighboring Iran
in the fight against terrorism.
During a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Istanbul on Friday evening, Davutoglu referred to terrorism as a common threat to all regional countries and the entire world.
The top Turkish diplomat further called for collective efforts to combat the terrorists, adding that Ankara was prepared to work with Tehran to that effect.
Davutoglu also said Ankara sees no limits to the expansion of its banking ties with Tehran, emphasizing that Turkey is eagerly trying to further develop its economic relations with Iran and has even introduced initiatives aimed at closer cooperation between the stock exchange markets of the two states.
Rouhani, for his part, termed Zionism and terrorism as the main problems facing the Middle East
and the Muslim world, expressing assurance that terrorism will eventually be defeated.
“All Muslim countries, particularly Iran and Turkey, must try to resolve the problems and differences in the Muslim world, and take measures against Islamophobia and other plots aimed at Islam and Muslims,” he stressed.
Rouhani further highlighted Tehran’s determination to further expand relations with Ankara, saying, “Iran and Turkey are able to help the settlement of many regional issues through consultation and mutual cooperation.”
Tehran and Ankara have different views on the crisis in Syria. Despite their differences, the two sides have largely maintained diplomatic relations.
The Iranian chief executive further underlined the need for closer cooperation between Iranian and Turkish banking and private sectors.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey can expand cooperation in trade, economy, tourism, transport and other fields of mutual interest in a bid to boost the value of their bilateral trade volume to $30 billion,” the Iranian president commented.