Iran-Turkey cooperation serves interests of 2 countries: Larijani

لاریجانی در دیدار بار رئیس مجلس ترکیه

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani emphasized the need for consolidating of unity between Iran and Turkey, saying strategic cooperation between Tehran and Ankara will serve the interests of the two countries.

Larijani made the remarks during his meeting with Turkey's Speaker of the Grand National Assembly Binali Yildirim held on the sidelines of the 3rd meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries' Parliaments currently underway in Antalya, with parliamentary heads and delegations from 38 countries, including Iran, in attendance.

Referring to US’ upset at seeing the friendly and strategic relations between Iran and Turkey, Larijani said, “US and some regional countries are upset at seeing strategic cooperation between Tehran and Ankara and following the successful measures taken by Iran, Russia and Turkey in solving the Syrian crisis, their concerns have only been increased but Tehran and Ankara, with their strong historical roots, will not be shaken in the face of such threats”.

Emphasizing that Iran and Turkey should be more united in order to advance their join purposes, Larijani added, “Trade cooperation is a good opportunity to accomplish the goal that should be developed by adopting measures”.

The Turkish official, for his part, condemned terrorist attack in Iran's Ahvaz that left 25 people dead, expressing his deepest sympathy and condolence to the families of the victims and to the Iranian government.

He then stressed that Iran and Turkey have always stood by each other’s side, adding that the Iran-Turkey-Russia initiative for putting an end to the Syrian civil war has upset some countries to the point where they have started to play other games against these three countries, implying the sanctions regime.

He said Iran, Turkey and Russia could expand their regional cooperation in Syria by overcoming all oppositions in order to add newer dimensions to security, defense and military issues.

Yildirim then voiced regret over the US unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, stressing that Iran and Turkey could not just stand aside and watch as the US’ unpredictable measures continued to alter the course of regional developments.

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