Turkish FM Invited to WAVE Conference

Turkish FM Invited to WAVE Conference     Turkish FM Invited to WAVE Conference

The ambassador to Ankara and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu discussed issues of mutual interest in a meeting on Tuesday.   

Alireza Bigdeli submitted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's invitation for his Turkish counterpart to attend an international conference with the theme of "World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE)," which is scheduled to be held in Tehran on December 9-10, IRNA reported.  

Cavusoglu welcomed the invitation and highlighted the significance of President Hassan Rouhani's WAVE initiative, which was approved at the UN General Assembly in 2013, and said such conferences and discussions are necessary at the current time.

The two officials expressed content with the recent meetings held between the two countries' high-ranking officials and said the continued contacts are indicative of cordial relations between the two neighboring states.  

The Turkish foreign minister touched on his imminent visit to Tehran and said the talks between the two countries' political and economic officials are crucial to achieving the targets set for increasing the level of bilateral relations.

The ambassador to Ankara, for his part, said Iran-Turkey friendly relations can help restore stability and security in the region. Bigdeli added that economic cooperation is key to the drive to boost mutual ties and the two states should seize opportunities to attain economic objectives in various sectors such as energy, trade, transportation, tourism and industry.

  Solution to Syria Crisis

In a separate development, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met with his Turkish counterpart Umit Yalcin in Tehran on Tuesday.  

Amir-Abdollahian underlined the importance of consultations between Iran and Turkey in addressing regional issues, adding, "Sooner or later, Tehran and Ankara will succeed in finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis," IRNA reported.

Amir-Abdollahian described Tehran-Ankara ties as "strategic" and highlighted Turkey's role in regional developments. Umit Yalcin, for his part, referred to common bonds between the two states and said some limited differences cannot sour the historical relations between the two countries.

He added, "Tehran and Ankara have similar stances on some issues… (and they both seek) a better future for regional nations, the restoration of peace, stability and calm in the region, the preservation of the territorial integrity and security of Iraq and Syria as well as the eradication of terrorism in the region."