Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad thanked Turkey for support to their nuclear program and hosting an international meeting last month in Istanbul.
“Talks between Iran and P5+1 were successful for both sides and the Turkish government as well,” Ahmadinejad told a joint press conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gul following their meeting on Monday.
The Iranian leader added that the value of Iran’s trade ties with Turkey surpassed 10 billion dollars last year and noted that the two countries have the capabilities to upgrade their trade to $30 billion.
“We are determined to immediately reach the value of our annual trade ties with Turkey to 30 billion dollars through the expansion of all-out cooperation,” he said.
“Iran and Turkey enjoy deep, brotherly and enduring relations,” the Iranian president said, adding the two countries have been bolstering ties in different fields during recent years.
Ahmadinejad pointed to “very good” bilateral cooperation on regional issues and said, “Common views and cooperation between Iran and Turkey will be beneficial to peace, security and the expansion of relations in the region.”