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Turkey wants Germany-France-style relationship with Iran: Rouhani
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_NA1(65).jpgTEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Turkey wants to have a relationship with Iran similar to the relationship between Germany and France.
Talking to reporters in Tehran on the sidelines of an exhibition on environmental challenges, Rouhani said Iran and Turkey are determined to double the volume of their bilateral trade.
The Iranian president added that the Iranian government has a “serious will” to develop its relations with regional and neighboring countries, especially Turkey.
Rouhani led a high-ranking delegation that visited the Turkish capital Ankara on Monday and Tuesday. A large number of businessmen accompanied the president during the trip. The visit was made at the invitation of Turkish President Abdullah Gul.
Turkey is one of the most important countries in the region, and Iran will seek to establish closer ties with it, Rouhani stated.
Commenting on his speech at the joint chamber of commerce in Ankara, he said, “In that meeting, I announced that we do not want Iran and Turkey to be rivals.” 
He added that the two countries have great civilizations, and they have many cultural affinities.
Commenting on the meeting of the two countries’ high council for strategic cooperation, Rouhani said, “In the meeting, Turkish officials and the country’s president announced that Turkey wants its relations with Iran in the areas of the economy, industry, and science to be similar to the relations between Germany and France, and in my view this language shows that they are serious” about wanting to enhance ties with Iran. 

Culture plays important role in environmental protection 
The Iranian president also said culture plays an important role in the protection of the environment.
And the media and educational institutions should help the efforts to raise people’s awareness about the importance of the environment, Rouhani noted.

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