|Rouhani says Iran and Turkey determined to fight extremism||
TEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani has said that Iran and Turkey are determined to fight against extremism and violence in the region.
Rouhani made the remarks at a joint press conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Ankara on Monday.
Pointing to security problems in the region, the president said Iran and Turkey will expand cooperation to help restore stability in the region.
Syria and Iraq, which share common borders with Turkey, are caught in a struggle against terrorism.
Iran and Turkey have been taking divergent stances toward the conflict in Syria since the crisis began in the country three years ago. However, it seems that the Ankara government is rethinking its Syria policy as extremists have flooded into Syria from different countries including Western states.
‘Rouhani’s visit will open new chapter in ties’
Gul said an intensification of dialogue between Iran and Turkey will help establish security in the volatile Middle East region.
The Turkish president also said the two countries have a great potential to increase economic ties.
He added that the high-ranking Iranian delegation’s trip to Turkey will open a new chapter in relations.
Commenting on nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers, the Turkish leader said that negotiations have so far been going on smoothly and Turkey has always tried to remove the “obstacles” to Iran’s nuclear activities.
Rouhani lauds Turkey’s support for Iranian nuclear program
President Rouhani praised Turkey for its support to Iran’s nuclear program.
Rouhani said Iran and Turkey share the view that all the signatories to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) have the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Rouhani also said the two countries are willing to promote economic, political and international cooperation.
Rouhani arrived in Turkey on Monday for a two-day visit at the invitation of Turkish President Abdullah Gul. Some ministers including oil and economy ministers and the central bank governor are accompanying the president in the trip.
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