Ankara, 28 June 2022 (TDI): Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, is in Ankara for his first bilateral meeting at the invitation of Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Iran’s top diplomat met with his Turkish counterpart twice at the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Monday evening.

The two sides held consultations and discussed issues of mutual interest. In the meeting, the Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs clarified the foreign policy approach of the Iranian government in expanding relations with its neighbors.

He referred to Turkey’s special position within the framework of neighborhood policy. The Foreign Minister further stressed the need to strengthen the bond between the two nations.

He underscored protecting their common interests on the basis of religious, cultural, and historical commonalities.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also emphasized the Islamic Republic of Iran’s resolve in activating the existing mechanisms in the relations between the two countries.

He then stressed the need to facilitate communication between the two countries to promote trade and economic exchanges.

Along these lines, he said the fields in which such communication is needed include transportation, energy, and tourism.

Some other areas included agricultural and industrial products, investment, and scientific and technological research.

Iranian Foreign Minister described the meeting to be held in Tehran in the near future, saying the presence of Turkish government representatives in the event with the goal of reviewing and planning joint ventures to deal with it at regional level is significant.

He also underlined the need to protect the two countries from ill-intentioned obstructions and conspiracies of the illegitimate Zionist regime.

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, also appreciated the Iranian Foreign Minister for his trip to Ankara. Cavusoglu expressed satisfaction with the growing trend of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries in recent months.

He said the goals set by the leaders of two countries to promote trade and hold the 29th meeting Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation between the two countries in the near future are effective in improving the level of cooperation.

In the meeting, Syria-related developments within the framework of the Astana Mechanism and the Caucasus issues were also a point of discussion.

Other issues including closer coordination within 3+3 initiative, defending the Palestinian cause were also part of the discussion.

During the meeting, the draft document of a comprehensive plan for long-term cooperation between the two countries was presented. The draft was presented by Amir-Abdollahian to the Turkish Foreign Minister to be on the agenda for the Turkish side.