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Iran, Turkey set to boost cooperation

Tehran, July 30, IRNA -- Iran and Turkey here Thursday signed two documents on expansion of political, economic, and security cooperation.

Based on the documents signed by senior Iranian and Turkish officials, the two sides will reinforce mutual relations particularly in the economic fields.

Trade exchanges between Tehran and Ankara were valued at 2.4 billion dollars last year, showing a dramatic 91 percent increase compared to that of the previous year.

The two sides have expressed optimism they can further increase the figure to 10 billion dollars in the near future.

The memorandum of understanding of the 18th meeting of Iran-Turkey joint economic and trade commission and the document of the 10th meeting of the two countries' high security commission were inked in the presence of Iran's First Vice-President Mohammad-Reza Aref and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In the MoU signed by Iran's Minister of Roads and Transportation Ahmad Khorram and Minister of State for Foreign Trade Kursad Tuzmen, the two sides stressed promotion of Tehran-Ankara economic relations.

Iran's Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Ali-Asghar Ahmadi and his Turkish counterpart inked a document on expansion of bilateral security cooperation.

Erdogan, who headed a high-ranking delegation wrapped up his two-day visit to Iran and left for his country Thursday night.

The Turkish premier discussed bilateral, regional, and international issues during separate meetings with President Mohammad Khatami, Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel, Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and a number of other senior officials.

Erdogan terms peaceful use of nuclear energy Iran's right

Tehran, July 30, IRNA -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed here Thursday that peaceful use of nuclear energy is Iran's absolute right.

Asked about Turkey's stance on the issue, he reiterated it is undoubtedly an absolute right of every country to use nuclear energy in a peaceful way.

Turkish premier, who arrived in Tehran early Wednesday at the head of a high-ranking political and economic delegation wrapped up his official two-day visit and left for home Thursday night.

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