Convergence With Turkey Has Benefits

Convergence With Turkey Has Benefits

Ambassador in Ankara Alireza Bigdeli underlined the need for Iran and Turkey to boost bilateral relations through "friendship" and "unity", regardless of dissatisfaction of foes.
The envoy made the remark in an article published by the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak on Monday, ISNA reported.  
Describing Iran and Turkey as two "major" countries in the Middle East, Bigdeli noted that the two peoples have no doubt about the advantages of mutual collaboration and convergence.  
Pointing to the recent uplift in the relations between the two countries, he said, "Bilateral cooperation has progressed noticeably in recent years and the two nations' ties have also improved, as heads of state of Iran and Turkey have met three times over the past two years and hold regular phone calls."
The ambassador said a high council for Iran-Turkey cooperation has been established and various mechanisms have been developed with a view to boosting Tehran-Ankara relations.  
Bigdeli said the two countries have many cultural commonalities, including carpet weaving, calling on foreign policy officials of both sides to learn a lesson from shared cultural bonds and seek to promote convergence patiently, "the same way the knots contribute to weaving a carpet."
The envoy urged enhanced collaboration in scientific and academic fields, as well as tourism, between the two well-established countries which share common interests and fate.
He enumerated such sectors as energy, transportation, industry and commerce as potential areas for greater cooperation, noting that enhanced economic ties could play a key role in helping address challenges gripping the region.   
Describing bilateral relations as a determining factor in the foreign policy of both countries, he said "convergence" is pivotal to solving regional problems.


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