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15 February 2019 - 15:58
Fighting terrorism needs collective cooperation: Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says terrorism is the most important problem in the region and addressing it needs a collective cooperation.

President Rouhani made the remark in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Teyyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the trilateral Sochi summit on Thursday.

'Collective cooperation is needed to combat terrorism,' he said.

Rouhani said Iran and Turkey are in joint cooperation to fight terrorism. 

'Unfortunately, terrorist groups of the region have for years been supported by foreign powers, especially the United States.'

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian President said many agreements, already reached between Iran and Turkey, are implemented and impediments on the way are expected to be removed and the agreements implemented soon.

As for the two countries' trade cooperation, Rouhani said banking exchanges are the requisite for expansion of relations between the two neighboring nations.

He also voiced readiness for expansion of cooperation in energy and meeting Turkey's oil and gas shortages. 

'Officials of the joint cooperation committee need to have more contacts to expedite implementation of agreements.'

He urged expansion of the two-way transportation and industry cooperation between Tehran and Ankara.

On Iran-Russia-Turkey summit on Syria, the Iranian president said under condition when Iran, Turkey and Russia are taking new move in Sochi to consolidate stability in the region and fight terrorism in Syria, a group of individuals, who support terrorists themselves, are busy in Warsaw plotting against the region. 

He thanked Turkish president for voicing sympathy and condoling on a terrorist incident in the city of Zahedan southeastern Iran. 

Turkish President in turn, said Turkish people also suffer from terrorism. 

'We will continue bilateral and regional cooperation with Iran against terrorism. We are determined to implement all agreements speedily. Turkey welcomes Europe's SPV mechanism for trade with Iran and it is ready for cooperation within that framework and forming similar bilateral mechanism,' Erdogan said, referring to the EU financial mechanism to facilitate Iran global trade in the face of sanctions. 

He underlined, 'Multilateral cooperation with Iran on various issues has had positive achievements and Turkey is ready to extend multilateral cooperation with Iran to other countries of the region as well.'

Erdogan initially strongly condemned the Wednesday terrorist attack on a bus carrying the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) forces on Khash-Zahedan road in Sistan-Baluchestan Province and extended condolences on the terrorist incident on part of Turkish government and people. 

He also congratulated Iranian Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, government and people on the 40th victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. 

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