Samarkand, 17 September 2022 (TDI): President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi met Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkiye on Friday. The meeting happened on the sidelines of the 22nd Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit.

The two-day SCO Heads of State Council Summit was held in Uzbekistan on 15 and 16 September.

During the meeting, the two dignitaries reviewed the agreements that were made during the recent visit of President Tayyip Erdogan to Iran. Moreover, they also recalled holding the 7th Supreme Council of Economic Cooperation between the two countries.

While discussing these, both Presidents emphasized speeding up the implementation of those agreements. Further, they also discussed the developments in the region.

These discussions included issues of Syria and Afghanistan as well as developments in the Caucasus Region.

In addition, the Iranian President mentioned that “We are against paternalism”. He further added, “The basis of our policy in the region is that the future of the countries is determined by them, and their national sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected.”

He also highlighted that Iran supports its friends during different crises. Moreover, he affirmed, “Iran is a friend of its neighbors.”

While talking about developments in the Caucasus, Ebrahim Raisi mentioned the strategic policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He stated that the Policy assures “welcoming the freedom of the territory of Karabakh, calling any change in the international, historical and geopolitical borders of the region unacceptable.”

President of Turkiye, Tayyip Erdogan on his part also emphasized the continuation of efforts to implement the agreements between Iran and Turkiye.

Relations between Iran and Turkiye

The bilateral relations between the two countries are based on the principles of mutual respect, non-interference in domestic affairs, and good neighborliness.

Turkiye is represented in Iran by its Embassy in Tehran, and consulates general in Tabriz, Orumiyeh, and Mashhad. While, Iran has its Embassy in Ankara, and consulates general in İstanbul, Trabzon, and Erzurum, respectively.

Moreover, the two states also established Turkish-Iranian High-Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) in 2014 to further strengthen their relations.