Istanbul, Aug 15, IRNA - Turkish President Abdullah Gul said in Istanbul Thursday that Tehran-Ankara Joint Economic and Commercial Commission will soon convene in Tehran to look into ways and means of raising volume of mutual transactions to the tune of dlrs 20 billion on a four-year horizon.
Gul told a joint press conference with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Iranian and Turkish sides had in a joint meeting on Thursday broadly discussed mutual cooperation in energy, gas, power and oil, including decrease in Iran's gas exports to Turkey in the winter season.
He said there were also agreements for joint campaign against drugs transit, organized crimes and terrorism.
"Next year marks the 50th anniversary of conclusion of contract for cultural cooperation between Iran and Turkey; so, the year 2009 has been designated as the Iran-Turkey cultural year and due programs will also be compiled," he added.
On Iran's nuclear issue, he said Turkey favors diplomacy as the breakthrough.
"A constructive trend has started with regards to the G5+1 proposed package and Ankara hopes that the process will proceed well and bear result in a short period of time," he added.
Gul said the Iranian and Turkish sides also support restoration of peace and stability in Georgia through peaceful means.
On Iraq too, the two countries jointly call for territorial integrity and national unity in Iraq, he added.
Gul said that Tehran and Ankara had in their Thursday discussions also touched conditions in Afghanistan and are ready to help restore peace and stability in the region.
Ahmadinejad: USD20bn transactions between Iran, Turkey possible
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that increase in volume of Tehran-Ankara commercial transactions to the volume of dlrs 20 billion is possible.
"Regarding the will governing the two countries, increase in volume of trade to the ceiling of dlrs 20 billion is accessible," President Ahmadinejad told the press conference in Istanbul.
President Ahmadinejad said Iran and Turkey reached agreement in talks on the first day of his Turkey visit to bolster cooperation on bilateral and multilateral basis to guarantee security and fight terrorism and drugs transit.
On Iraq, he said, "As for regional issues, both of us (Iran and Turkey) believe that a united, integrated, independent and powerful Iraq will be to the benefit of regional security."
"We support political trend in Iraq and hope that Iraq legal government will assume all affairs in the country and fully run it in security and other terms. We think that under conditions with Iraq is occupied, no issue that would challenge and put future of the country at stake should be imposed on the Iraqi nation. In line with the approach, we (Tehran and Ankara) have stressed trilateral and multilateral cooperation."
As for fresh tensions in the region, President Ahmadinejad said, "Both (Iran and Turkey) believe that problems should be solved through logical dialogue and efforts."
A joint communique, issued in Istanbul on Thursday by Iranian ministries of energy and oil and Turkish ministry of energy and natural resources, focuses on mutual cooperation in energy, electricity and gas.
Under the document, Iran and Turkey announced pledge to finalize related agreements, signed between the two sides in 2007 and 2008, regarding mutual energy and gas transfer cooperation.
The Thursday communique forecasts bilateral cooperation for power link and transfer of natural gas to Turkey from neighboring countries via Iran and establishment of joint hydraulic and gas power plants in both Iranian and Turkish soils.
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