Iran FM expected in Turkey on Monday

TEHRAN — Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian will visit Turkey on Monday for the first time in his capacity as a top diplomat, Turkish media reported.

Anadolu Agency said Turkey was preparing to host foreign ministers from nine countries over the next two weeks, in light of a possible global food crisis due to the Russian-Ukrainian war. Amir Abdollahian is among the foreign ministers who will visit Turkey.

The visit comes amid continued contacts between Iranian and Turkish officials at different levels. Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Ali Asghar Khaji, senior adviser to Iran’s foreign minister, attended a multilateral meeting with Russian, Turkish and United Nations officials to discuss Syria-related issues.

At the end of May, Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Kayimakci met Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Mehdi Safari on the sidelines of the Conference of Deputy Foreign Ministers of Members of the ECO.

The two officials held talks on expanding bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation, according to Iran’s Foreign Ministry.

During the meeting, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy referred to the significant growth of trade and economic ties between Iran and Turkey in the Persian year 1400 and stressed the importance of strengthen bilateral relations and regional cooperation more than ever. Safari also announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to increase its cooperation with Turkey in the fields of banking, trade, transport, transit, energy, health and new technologies as well as knowledge-based businesses.

The Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister for his part stressed the importance of relations between Tehran and Ankara in various fields. Kaymakci said Turkey is ready to expand its ties with Iran and strengthen cooperation within the framework of regional and multilateral organizations such as ECO.

During the meeting, the two sides highlighted climate change and drought, stressing the need for cooperation among countries in the region to protect the environment and manage common water resources.

At the beginning of May, Amir Abdollahian and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu discussed on the telephone the latest developments in bilateral relations and some regional and international issues.

In the conversation, Cavusoglu stressed the need to take effective and tangible steps to strengthen the good friendly relations between the two countries, according to the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

The Turkish Foreign Minister also stressed Ankara’s readiness to hold the 7th Supreme Council for Bilateral Strategic Cooperation and to plan the Turkish President’s visit to Tehran.
Cavusoglu referred to the good relations between the two neighboring and brotherly countries, saying that under an agreement between Iran and Turkey, he will pursue environmental issues and management of common water resources through relevant institutions. in Turkey and the continuation of the work of the joint water committee meetings.

During the telephone conversation, the Iranian Foreign Minister also congratulated Cavusoglu on Eid al-Fitr and noted that the continuation of visits by senior officials from the two countries is more than ever in line with the expansion and development. Tehran-Ankara relations. before. Amir Abdollahian then discussed the plans to hold the 7th Supreme Council for Strategic Bilateral Cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey.

The senior Iranian diplomat said holding the meeting was a key step towards promoting relations, realizing the interests of both nations and expanding bilateral relations. Amir Abdollahian strongly emphasized Iran-Turkey cooperation in environmental protection and border water resources management. He then stressed the importance of resolving the remaining issues in this regard and also stressed the need to accelerate cooperation between Tehran and Ankara within the framework of the joint water committee in view of the importance of the water issue. climate change. The Foreign Ministers of Iran and Turkey further stressed the need for continued consultations to pursue issues on the agenda of expanding bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of interest. common.

Sharon P. Juarez