TEHRAN – Iranian President Ayatollah Seyed Ebrahim Raisi has received a call from his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In their phone call, the presidents of Iran and Turkey discussed bilateral and regional ties and stressed the need to boost the level of cooperation and coordination between Tehran and Ankara, according to the Iranian Presidency’s official website.
In the call, Ayatollah Raisi referred to the ability to develop relations and cooperation between Tehran and Ankara at bilateral and regional levels, saying, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has a long-term and comprehensive vision in relations and cooperation with Turkey , and we welcome this planning of strategic cooperation with Turkey.”
President Raisi stressed the need to respect countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity as the only path to lasting security and stability in different parts of the region.
For his part, President Erdogan expressed interest in an early visit to Tehran and stated that Turkey had prepared a list of various economic cooperations in order to strengthen ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Stressing Iran’s continued energy supply to Turkey, the Turkish President said, “Turkey regards Iran as a reliable energy supplier and is trying to raise the level of its cooperation with Tehran.”
Referring to Ayatollah Raisi’s visit to Moscow and meeting with President Putin, Erdogan expressed hope that the results and useful achievements of this visit will soon be felt in different regions, and stressed his country’s cooperation with Iran to achieve regional security .
Raisi and Erdogan met during his visit to Turkmenistan at the end of November. During that meeting, Raisi said, “Iran-Turkey can bring economic and political ties closer to the strategic level by improving the current level of trade and exchange.”
Referring to the broad and diverse areas of cooperation between Iran and Turkey in various sectors, including energy, banking and currency issues, and trade and trade exchanges, Raisi said, “We should facilitate the development of economic relations and, in this regard, tariff preferences should be reviewed.” can.”
Stressing the close cooperation and ties between Iran, the Republic of Azerbaijan and Turkey, the President said, “The three countries share many cultural, religious and ideological similarities and these ties should not be broken, but should be as close as possible.” to disappoint our common enemies.”
“Terrorist groups not only create insecurity in Afghanistan but also threaten the security of the region, so we should not allow terrorist groups like Daesh and the PKK to threaten the security of countries in the region,” he said.
The President added, “The Islamic Republic of Iran supports the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan and we believe that all groups and ethnic groups in Afghanistan should have a role and participate in the future of Afghanistan.”
Ayatollah Raisi insisted on the need to stabilize Syria and bring security, saying: “We should use our capacities to bring peace and security in Syria.”
He added: “The region’s problems must be solved by the countries of the region, and the presence and intervention of outsiders will not only not help solve the problems, but will complicate the situation.”
President Raisi also stressed the importance of stability, peace and respect for Iraq’s territorial integrity, saying, “The Islamic Republic of Iran supports and emphasizes the formation of a strong government accepted by the Iraqi people.”
During the meeting, the Turkish leader also said that his country believes it is necessary to strengthen bilateral and regional cooperation with Iran.
“We can make a leap in relations between the two countries, especially in economic sectors,” he said.
Erdogan also said: “The White House is training and arming all terrorist groups in the region, including Daesh and the PKK, and providing them with terrorist equipment and tools to create insecurity.”
He added: “The Islamic Republic of Iran, Russia and Turkey can maintain security and stability in the region through cooperation with other countries in the region.”
In mid-November last year, Raisi met with the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavusoglu in Tehran. During the meeting, Raisi said, “By finalizing the cooperation development roadmap, the draft of which is on the agenda of the two countries, Iran and Turkey stand ready to upgrade ties from the current level to all-inclusive cooperation.”