Iran-Turkey Coop. Can Restore Calm

Iran-Turkey Coop. Can Restore CalmIran-Turkey Coop. Can Restore Calm

First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri highlighted the role of Iran and Turkey in helping restore "calm" to the Middle East.

"Cooperation between Tehran and Ankara in the fight against terrorism can prove useful and effective in restoration of calm to the region," Jahangiri said.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Turkish Ambassador Reza Hakan Tekin in Tehran on Monday.

Pointing to "friendly" and "historical" relations between the two neighbors, the vice president said, "These relations have been based on good neighborliness and shared cultural and historical values."

Improvement in Turkish ties is of special significance to Iran, he said, noting that the two countries' differing views on regional developments should not create an obstacle in the way of expanding bilateral relations.

"There is great potential for cooperation in such sectors as tourism, energy, technology and education and Tehran welcomes investment by Turkish firms," Jahangiri was quoted by IRNA as saying.

Hakan congratulated Jahangiri on the historic deal recently struck between Iran and major powers on Tehran's nuclear program, saying his country has always wanted to see Iran actively engaged with other countries.

The deal will help the Islamic Republic regain its international position, the Turkish envoy said, adding, "Turkey always supported settlement of Iran's nuclear dispute through peaceful means."

"I believe that the accord can open a new chapter in Tehran-Ankara relations."

Pointing to the shared challenge posed to regional states by activities of terrorist groups, he said, "No country is immune to terrorist attacks and Turkey is ready to take necessary measures to confront terrorist groups."

"Iran and Turkey are two great and influential countries in the region, which can play an important role in the campaign against terrorism," the Turkish diplomat added.