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News number: 8806211392

18:52 | 2009-09-12

Foriegn Policy

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Iran, Turkey Call for Further Expansion of Ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Turkish Foreign Ministers on Saturday hailed the positive trend of bilateral ties between the two countries, and stressed the need for Tehran and Ankara to use potential capacities to expand their relations in all arenas.



In their meeting here in Tehran today, Manouchehr Mottaki and Ahmet Davutoglu discussed a variety of issues, including holding the 21st joint economic commission, forming a political committee for bilateral and regional consultations and planning visits by the two countries' high-ranking officials.

Continuation and expansion of Tehran-Ankara security cooperation to fight terrorist groups and drug trafficking were among other issues discussed during the meeting.

The two sides also conferred on the expansion of mutual cooperation in transportation, energy and investment.

In his remarks, Mottaki referred to the necessity of all-out campaign against terrorism, and said, "Extremism and terrorism are not related to any specific culture, religion and nationality."

He further slammed the unilateral approach practiced by certain states in fighting terrorism, and urged for accelerated efforts to compile a comprehensive convention for campaign against terrorism, reminding that the nations' legitimate struggles against occupation of their countries should be excluded from any such convention on terrorism.

Mottaki condemned the terrorist acts by the Zionists, specially their recent crimes against the Muslim people of Palestine, and underlined that Israeli actions set an example for terrorism.