Iran stronger after election: Turkish FM

August 27, 2009 - 0:0

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Iran's latest presidential election has enhanced its position in the international arena.

After the election, Iran has become a more powerful country in the world, ISNA quoted Davutoglu as saying in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki on Tuesday.
Mottaki arrived in Istanbul earlier in the day to discuss the latest security developments in Pakistan with senior officials from other countries.
The two-day meeting of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan has brought together representatives from 20 countries and 6 international organizations, including the U.S., China, the EU, and the World Bank.
The Turkish foreign minister expressed hope that he could pay an official visit to Iran in the near future in order to review initiatives to boost ties between the two neighboring countries.
Mottaki also called for the expansion of ties between Iran and Turkey in all areas.
""Iran supports peace and stability in the (Middle East) region because it would pave the way for development,"" Mottaki noted.
Mottaki also met his Canadian counterpart Lawrence Cannon in Turkey in an attempt to mend the two sides' diplomatic rift.
During talks with his Canadian counterpart, Tehran's top envoy objected to what he called ""meddling of certain countries in Iran's post-election events"" and warned of the possible implications that it could have, Mehr news agency reported on Tuesday.
""The Iranian government is dedicated to the democratic process and is assessing its relations with other countries,"" said Mottaki.
Cannon, for his part, called for additional negotiations to find a way to repair diplomatic relations between the two countries, which have gone downhill during the past few years.
Although the two sides have not shared close ties in recent decades, the situation deteriorated severely in 2003 when Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died in custody.
Kazemi was arrested near Tehran's Evin prison after taking pictures in a no-photo zone. Iranian officials said the journalist had died after falling and hitting her head during a hunger strike.
Mottaki, in a separate meeting with his Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt on Tuesday, discussed bilateral ties and regional developments.
They also talked about developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Considering the existing realities, Mottkai and Bildt called for continuation of dialogue between the two countries.
They expressed hope that their meetings and exchange of views will continue in the future.
Also, Mottaki and his Pakistani counterpart in a separate meeting in Istanbul stressed the need to strengthen Tehran-Islamabad bilateral ties.
Mottaki said Iran is willing to help Pakistan to establish stability and security.
He described Pakistan government's intention in fighting against terrorism 'important' and called it a positive step to establish security in the region.
The Iranian envoy called trilateral cooperation between Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan as an appropriate model for regional cooperation and underlined expansion of cooperation in this field.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, for his part, said that constructive participation of the Iranian foreign minister in this meeting is a clear sign of deep and friendly relations between the two countries.
The Pakistani senior diplomat said the aim of the meeting is participation of private sector in investment in Pakistan and expressed hope that Pakistan would enjoy investment of private sectors from friendly neighbors.
He underlined his government's intention to expand relations with Iran in all fields.
The two foreign ministers congratulated Afghanistan government for holding a successful presidential election and expressed hope that the results of the election could help establishment of stability in the country.
(Source: Dispatches)