| 2 October 2023, Monday |

Iran, Türkiye agree to boost regional, bilateral cooperation

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian received in Tehran on Sunday his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan for talks on cooperation and regional affairs.

Abdollahian urged the activation of the cooperation agreement between Tehran and Ankara, the respect of the border waters rights, and the adoption of diplomacy and dialogue between Türkiye and Syria.

Fidan stressed that Türkiye and Iran have a responsibility toward regional stability, calling on Damascus to ensure the safe return of the displaced Syrians to their homeland.

IRNA news agency reported that the FMs exchanged view on issues of mutual interests, including regional and international developments.

Fidan is on his first visit to Iran since being named minister of foreign affairs in June.

During a joint press conference, Abdollahian described the talks with his Turkish counterpart as “good” and “detailed”.

“We have discussed the implementation of the comprehensive plan of cooperation between Tehran and Ankara that was concluded during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Tehran. The agreements between the two presidents are on the right track,” he said.

The Iranian FM said the two countries have set an annual trade volume target of 30 billion euros.

He added that work is ongoing to hold a tripartite meeting between Iran, Türkiye, and Saudi Arabia to discuss economic and investment cooperation.

The issue of water, he said, also figured in his talks with Fidan. They agreed that their joint technical committee will hold the next round of talks on the issue in Tehran as soon as possible.

Abdollahian called for further cooperation between Iran and Türkiye in consular affairs to facilitate the travel of citizens from both countries.

Fidan praised the reconciliation between Tehran and Ankara, saying that friendly ties among Saudi Arabia, Türkiye, and Iran are of high importance for regional stability.

The Turkish FM also stated that the Syrian government should work on ensuring a safe return of the Syrians in Türkiye.

Moreover, Fidan revealed that Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi would visit Ankara soon.


  • Asharq Al-Awsat