In a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ayatollah Khamenei said the most important need of the Muslim World today is increased closeness and synergy among Islamic countries, stating: “Closeness and cooperation among Islamic countries will surely pave the way for resolving the problems of our region; for this reason, the Arrogance Front with the US at its top, is troubled by the cooperation and friendly relations of Islamic countries and the formation of an Islamic power.
He described such concern as the reason behind animosity of the US towards powerful Islamic countries and added: “The Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey are two powerful and dignified countries of the region and share the same motives for the Muslim World; thus, political and economic relations between the two countries should expand.”
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the existing cooperation and good relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey since the coming into power of the pro-Islam movement in Turkey, and stressed: “The commonalities should be reinforced as much as possible.”
Ayatollah Khamenei appreciated the positions taken by Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the issue of Myanmar; then referring to the matter of Palestine, he reiterated: “The Palestinian cause is still very important and it should not be ignored even for a second.”
During this meeting, in which Mr. Jahangiri--the first vice president of Iran--was also present, the Turkish President regarded the situation of the region as critical, and hoped that through cooperation among the Islamic countries, the problems of the region will be resolved.
Erdogan regarded lack of coherence and unity among Islamic countries as the reason behind the current situation and stated: “As a result of the behavior of the West towards independent Islamic countries, the situation has become extremely sensitive. For the same reason, solidarity and fraternity should expand, in particular, between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey.”
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