Turkish PM visits Iran despite differences on Syria

Turkish PM visits Iran despite differences on Syria

Turkish PM visits Iran despite differences on Syria

He also said that Tehran and Ankara enjoy many capacities for growing relations in various domains, especially in the transportation, energy, trade, joint investment, tourism, scientific and technological sectors and they are ready to start common cooperation in all the fields.

Russian Federation and Iran back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad while Turkey has sought his removal and supported rebels fighting to overthrow the Damascus regime.

Davutoglu is in Tehran at the head of a high-ranking political and economic delegation, where he held a joint news conference with Iran's Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri on Saturday.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is scheduled to pay a two-day visit to neighboring Iran this week, his office said.

"We believe regional issues should only be resolved by the regional countries and nations". Turkey and Saudi Arabia have recently announced plans for possible deployment of ground troops to Syria, prompting warnings, including by Iran, that the move could escalate the conflict. "Iran and Turkey would both benefit from regional security and stability", Jahangiri said in remarks broadcast live by Turkey's NTV channel and Iran's Press TV.

The meeting, days before the planned resumption of Syrian peace talks in Geneva, also focused on a ceasefire that is largely holding in Turkey's war-torn neighbour.

"The main obstacle that prevented us from reaching our goal were the sanctions", he said.

Iran sells gas to Turkey and an increase in exports is one of the topics that should be discussed during Davutoglu's trip.

Trade between the two nations was $9.7 billion (8.8 billion euros) in 2015, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute. "The integration of Iran in the global market offers new opportunities, more than all to Turkey, which has a big production capacity", he added.

The Turkish prime minister said Turkey's foreign policy is based on respecting national sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-intervention of foreign countries, and right of people of countries to decide their fate.

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