News ID: 152048
Published: 0818 GMT May 25, 2016

New Turkish cabinet to step up relations with Iran

New Turkish cabinet to step up relations with Iran

The new Turkish cabinet is planning to step up cooperation with Iran in various sectors, according to a program document introduced by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in the Turkish parliament.

"The government will work to step up relations with Iran in such sectors as trade, energy, transport and tourism," the document says, Sputnik reported.

Yildirim replaced Ahmed Davutoglu as new Turkish Prime Minister on Sunday. President Tayyip Erdogan has approved the new Cabinet headed by Yildirim.

Tehran and Ankara are intended to raise their bilateral trade to $30 billion per annum.

The trade turnover between the two countries stood at $13.71 billion in 2014 and $9.76 billion in 2015.

In April in the Turkish city of Istanbul, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the two states need to remove the obstacles in the way of the expansion of bilateral ties.

He added that Tehran can help Turkey meet its energy needs.

Iranian, Turkish officials signed eight documents for cooperation at the time.

Erdogan also said at the time that Iran and Turkey are required to promote their bilateral economic relations which have been declined in past few years.

He said there are some limitations in the relations between Tehran and Ankara, adding that those restrictions must be removed.

The Turkish president added that terrorism and sectarianism are the biggest challenges in the region.

Erdogan added that there are some differences of opinion between Iran and Turkey on regional issues, adding, however, that the two sides seek an end to the bloodshed in Iraq and Syria.

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