President: Iran Seeks All-Out Expansion of Cooperation with Turkey

President Rouhani made the remark in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

President Rouhani said Iran will remain close friends and will continue to side Turkey in all phases. “We are ready to expand our relations with Ankara in all sectors, including transportation, industry and energy.”

He said partners of both Iranian and Turkish private sectors should be support for more cooperation and Iran is determined to have ties with Turkey in all spheres.

On recent coup in Turkey, President Rouhani said insecurity and coup against a government, which rules the country on public votes, made Tehran much unhappy and since the early time of the event, Iran employed all its facilities for stability and security in Turkey.

He said, “We consider coup in Turkey in continuation with a series of events designed by certain powers against our region.  No doubt, through joint efforts, we can block the way set forth by the enemy against us.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, President Rouhani refered to terrorism and its danger for region and the world and said, “Terrorism is a threat against all of us and the role of the two countries in campaign against terrorism and insecurity in the region, especially Syria and Iraq, is of importance.”

Erdogan for his part thanked Iranian government and nation for their support for Turkey in recent coup and said, “We are confident that Iran will not cut its support for Turkey in the course of the issue.”

He said the winner of differences and insecurity in the region is the enemies of the world of Islam.  “Others are not capable of solving problems in the region. Iran and Turkey are two Islamic and big countries of the region and through cooperation they can play a decisive role in campaign against crises and stability in the region, including Syria and Iraq.”