President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran and Turkey have no choice but to boost cooperation to thwart enemy conspiracies.
“Iran and Turkey, as two great regional powers, have always been exposed to animosity and malice, and there is no other way but to reinforce friendly ties to overcome these conspiracies,” Rouhani told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a virtual meeting of the Supreme Council of Iran-Turkey Strategic Relations.
He said relations between Iran and Turkey have been based on “solid foundations” and “bitter and unfortunate incidents” have not affected bilateral ties throughout history.
The Iranian president noted that relations between the two countries are based on “good neighborliness and common interests” and aimed at maintaining “stability, security and peace in the region.”
Erdogan said holding the meeting via videoconference during the coronavirus pandemic shows the determination of the two countries to foster further relations and cooperation.
He said Iran and Turkey play a “decisive role” in resolving regional issues.