Turkish-Iranian coop. crucial to region — Davutoglu

TEHRAN, March 5 (KUNA) — Visiting Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stressed on Saturday the cruciality of cooperation between Turkey and Iran to “end sectarian and internecine fighting” in the region.
At a joint press conference with Iranian Vice-President Ishaq Jahangiri, held in the capital city of Tehran, Davutoglu emphasized that Turkey and Iran must develop a “common perspective” in order to end problems in the region and “not leave its destiny to foreign actors.” Davutoglu said he was pleased that international sanctions on Iran had been lifted after the agreement between it and the major world powers was concluded regarding the Iranian nuclear issue.
He described Iran “as Turkey’s window to Asia and Turkey as Iran’s window to Europe.” He cited Turkey’s efforts on bringing resolution to Iran’s nuclear issue.
Emphasizing the validity of bilateral consultations on vital regional issues, Jahangiri said ” Our area is currently facing complex problems that have impelled terrorist groups to threaten it existentially and it is in our both countries’ interests to work for security and stability of the region.” He said he discussed with his Turkish guest furthering bilateral trade and imbuing their joint trade committee with the impetus to surmount any snags in trade relations.
Davutgolu arrived here Friday night at the head of a high-ranking delegation to seek closer ties with Iran. (end) mw.ajs