News ID: 109589
Published: 0658 GMT January 17, 2015

Over 170 Turkish firms operating in Iran

Over 170 Turkish firms operating in Iran

The number of Turkish companies willing to invest in Iran has considerably increased in recent years, the Iranian ambassador in Ankara said.

Alireza Bigdeli also said on Saturday 174 Turkish companies have already opened their branch offices in Iran.

The Iranian ambassador stressed that the number of Turkish companies with representative offices in Iran is likely to rise to 300 in 2015, Fars News Agency reported.

"Turkish businessmen and investors have become highly interested to increase their presence in Iran," he said.

Bigdel noted that the preferential trade agreement signed between Tehran and Ankara has positively influenced the two countries' trade and economic relations.

The two Muslim neighbors have been pursuing widening of ties in various fields in the last two decades. Iran is one of the main energy suppliers to Turkey and Ankara has made huge investments in Iran.

Iran is the top destination of Turkish goods and Turkey is among the top destinations of Iranian tourists and traders.

The two states plan to multiply their trade in the next few years.

In November 2014, Bigdeli underlined that Tehran and Ankara should increase their efforts to reach their planned objectives for 2015.

"Preferential trade, using national currencies in trade exchanges, improving conditions at border checkpoints and terminals, improving financial and monetary cooperation, reciprocating tourism ties and boosting energy and defense ties should be added to the existing cooperation to move along the targeted path," he said.

In a meeting with Iran’s Communications and Information Technology Minister Mahmoud Vaezi in October 2014, Turkish Ambassador in Tehran Reza Hakan Tekin said his country does not take any permission from foreign states for broadening its relations with Iran.

In addition to being a neighbor with joint borders and age-old cultural and political ties, Iran is a trade partner of Turkey as well, Hakan Tekin said during the meeting in Tehran.

Referring to the firm determination of the Turkish government to expand its relations with Iran in the economic, trade, transportation and energy fields, Hakan Tekin said he is determined to take steps toward removing bottlenecks that hinder promotion of relations.

Vaezi said relations between Iran and Turkey should not be halted due to secondary issues, adding that through constant meetings and direct talks, measures should be taken to remove impediments.

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