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15:06 | 2010-01-12

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Iranian Envoy Urges Further Efforts to Expand Ties with Turkey

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Bahman Hosseinpour called for enhanced efforts to bolster relations between Iran and Turkey.

"Unfortunately, we were not able to make a proper use of the opportunity for expanding all-out ties and we should make our best efforts to this end," Hosseinpour said in Orumiyeh on Tuesday, addressing a two-day meeting on the development of economic cooperation between Iran's northwestern province of West Azarbaijan and Turkey's bordering provinces.

Noting that the borders of Iran and Turkey have witnessed no conflicts during the last 400 years, he added, "We should be able to use this potential for boosting the ties."

Iran's northwestern province of West Azarbaijan and five Turkish border provinces in December signed agreements in which they agreed to bolster cooperation among border provinces of the two countries.

The agreement was signed by Governor General of the West Azarbaijan Vahid Jalalzadeh and Van's Governor General Monir Karaloglu.

The agreement calls for a removal of all problems and obstacles on the way of economic and trade cooperation between Turkey's five border provinces and Iran's West Azarbaijan province.

Issues related to customs problems between the two countries were also discussed in a related gathering and a meeting was scheduled for February 22 in Igdir, Turkey.

Among other things, University of Orumiyeh and Van University are supposed to start close academic cooperation.