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News number: 9101141509

15:57 | 2012-04-12

Foriegn Policy

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Official: Iran, Turkey Share Common Positions on Int'l Developments

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian foreign ministry official dismissed the recent claims about the relations between Tehran and Ankara, and said the two neighboring countries share common positions on different global developments.



Delivering a speech at Serbia's Alfa University on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast referred to Iran and Turkey as two major regional countries, and said the two nations enjoy strategic relations based on several commonalties.

Tehran and Ankara share identical views regarding many world developments, he said, adding, however, the two nations have some differences in views regarding the latest developments in Syria. Such differences would be settled through exchange of views and negotiations, he noted.

Praising recent reforms made by the Syrian government, he said such reforms are supported by majority of the Syrian people. Regional consultations particularly between Iran and Turkey would help resolve the existing problems in Syria, Mehman-Parast stated.

Iran and Turkey have in recent years increased their cooperation in all the various fields of economy, security, trade, education, energy and culture.

The two sides have exchanged several politico-economic delegations during the last few months.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan after his recent visit to Iran late March called for Tehran and Ankara's joint cooperation to resolve the Syrian problems.

Speaking in an interview with Iran's state-run TV, the Turkish premier called for a new political paradigm for Syria but stressed that all foreign nations "should respect the will of the Syrian nation".

"Iran and Turkey should launch joint cooperation and help each other in this regard," he reiterated.