|Rouhani to visit Turkey on Monday||
TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will travel to Turkey on Monday for a two-day visit at the invitation of Turkish President Abdullah Gul.
During his visit, Rouhani will hold meetings with Abdullah Gul and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to explore ways of expanding relations between Tehran and Ankara and discuss important regional and international issues.
The Rouhani’s visit is the first official presidential visit to Turkey since then president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s trip to Ankara in 1996.
Iran, Turkey to sign agreements
The Hurriyet Daily News reported on Saturday that Iran and Turkey will sign a number of agreements during the visit.
Rouhani and Erdogan will co-chair the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council meeting with the participation of several ministers from both sides. With a target of increasing the trade volume to $30 billion, the two countries are planning to increase cooperation in energy, transportation, tourism, industry, and other sectors.
According to diplomatic sources, the two countries will sign at least six political, economic, and cultural agreements on Monday.
Apart from bilateral issues, Turkish officials will also discuss regional issues with Rouhani. Syria is going to be one of the most important topics to be raised, together with developments in Iraq. Turkey and Iran have differing views about the Syrian issue, with the latter notable for being one of the most important supporters of the Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria whereas Turkey has actively pushed for the overthrow of Assad.
Rouhani and Erdogan had discussed the matter in January during the Turkish prime minister’s visit to Tehran, but both countries have stuck to their positions with regard to Syria.
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