Tehran Keen on Developing Ankara Ties

Tehran Keen on Developing Ankara TiesTehran Keen on Developing Ankara Ties

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed Iran's willingness for boosting cooperation with neighboring Turkey, describing it a "strategic" policy.

Hossein Jaberi Ansari made the statement in a media briefing in Tehran on Monday, IRNA reported.

The spokesman said recent political developments in Turkey are the internal affairs of Ankara, which will not affect bilateral relations. Ansari was referring to an announcement on Thursday by Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who said he was stepping down as the chief of the ruling party and Turkish premier.

"We hope the ground will be prepared for further development of strategic Tehran-Ankara cooperation in the current critical situation in the region and [also] in the future," he said. Ansari hoped the course of developments in Turkey will be in favor of the Turkish nation and the rule of law will be respected.

Davutoglu has served as the prime minister since August 2014. Before his appointment, Davutoglu was the foreign minister of the government of then-prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan from 2009 to 2014.

The move comes after weeks of rising tension between Davutoglu and Erdogan, the incumbent president. A day after his prime minister resigned, Erdogan said Turkey urgently needs a new constitution and a presidential system. On political developments in Iraq, Ansari said Tehran believes that unity will help advance the interests of the Arab nation.

The spokesman was responding to media speculations on the growing willingness among Kurdish authorities to separate from Iraq and declare independence. "From Iran's point of view, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Iraq will guarantee the interests of its nation and the world," he said.

Ansari said adopting sectarian, ethnic and factional approaches will not help solve Iraq's problems and promote its stability and security.

"We believe the main problem facing Iraq is terrorism and extremism. We hope Iraqi parties and elites will understand the dangerous situation and help promote dialogue between various factions," he said, adding that the parties should observe the law in their actions.