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Iran-Turkey relations irreversible. Trade may reach $100B: Envoy

Source: Mehr News Agency

The Islamic Republic of Iran Ambassador to Turkey says nothing can reverse Iran-Turkey relation and believes that Iran-Turkey trade volume can reach $100b.

"There is no doubt that Western countries, especially the US, mount pressure on Turkey to decrease trade with Iran, and that the pressure goes on," said Bahman Hussein Pour, Islamic Republic of Iran Ambassador to Turkey, speaking on the impacts of Western sanctions on Iran-Turkey relation.

Pointing to the correlations and dialogues between the two countries and the underlying structural relationships, he added "Iran-Turkey trade volume exceeds $21b. this year for the first time, which is indicative of the extent of our relationships; mentioning the details awakens the enemy, though."

"Despite pressures by the West and US on Turkey, we have found ways to increase trade volume, which cannot be revealed due to enemies. The enemy is still looking for the communication paths between Iran and Turkey so that it can block them," asserted Hussein Pour.

He also said that Iran and Turkey are neighbor countries with a lot in common, and the fact that Iran and Turkey have not had any problem on the borders for more than 4 centuries cannot be ignored. "Provincial activities on the Iran-Turkey border have begun and more than 15 Turkish provinces have become sister provinces with Iranian ones," he added.


Hussein Pour also provided comments on various visits by the countries' governor-generals, "with mutual good-will and relation channels, bilateral ties will multiply in the future," he hoped.

He said that Iran-Turkey trade volume has been worth $5b in 2008, $9b in 2009, $12.5b in 2010, $17b in 2011, and more than $21b in 2012.

Islamic Republic of Iran Ambassador to Ankara asserted that he would surely be certain that nothing could reverse Iran-Turkey relation in the future and that the commerce train may slow down, but it would not go backward.

Hussein Pour assessed the grounds for cooperation for both countries as extensive, and asserted that these grounds have been overlooked in the past; and the identification of them would likely increase trade volume to $100b.

"Were Iran-Turkey relation to face problems, no doubt the Syria issue would have made it to. The media in both counties resort to controversy for various reasons such as ignoring the facts, or sometimes prejudice. Fortunately, and with good offices of the authorities from both sides, the relations still remain sound and delegates regularly meet," said Hussein Pour.

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