|Turkish president calls for expansion of ties with Iran||
TEHRAN – Turkey's President Abdullah Gul has called for utilizing all potentials to strengthen the relationship between Iran and Turkey.
Gul made the remarks during a farewell meeting with outgoing Iranian ambassador to Ankara Bahman Hosseinpour on Wednesday.
Hosseinpour briefed the Turkish president about major achievements made in relations over the past five years, saying that the support and goodwill of senior Turkish and Iranian officials have played a leading role in promotion of mutual ties.
He also said that the value of trade exchanges between Iran and Turkey exceeded 20 billion dollars in 2012, adding that the two countries have set a clear example of good neighborliness in the region.
The Turkish president also voiced concern over the prolongation of a number of crises in the region and said Iran and Turkey have the ability to help resolve the problems.
The outgoing Iranian ambassador also met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, during which the two officials called for strengthening ties.
Davutoglu said thanks to the mutual understanding, the relationship between the two neighboring countries is friendly.
He added that given the importance of relationship between the two countries, Turkey made a good effort in 2010 to help resolve the issues facing Iran’s nuclear program.
The Turkish foreign minister also expressed hope to meet his Iranian counterpart in the near future to discuss regional developments.
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