Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani held separate meetings with visiting parliament speakers of Turkey and Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia in Tehran, discussing economic and security cooperation.
The meetings were held on the sidelines of a counterterrorism conference participated by senior parliamentarians from Iran, China, Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey.
In his meeting with Speaker of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly Binali Yildirim, Rouhani said Tehran and Ankara have been dealing with the problem of terrorism for years, and every time the two neighbors have promoted cooperation in the war on terrorism, they have achieved more success.
Rouhani voiced Iran’s willingness for closer interaction with Turkey in various fields, such as the energy and banking industry, the president’s official website reported.
The Turkish speaker referred to the threat of terrorism as the common enemy of Turkey and Iran, stressing that regional terrorism requires a regional solution and that interference by transregional powers would only complicate the situation.
Yildirim also gave an assurance that Turkey will maintain relations with Iran under any circumstances, and denounced the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic as false and counterproductive.
Proxy war and terrorist groups
In the meeting with Pakistan’s parliament speaker, Rouhani said many of these terrorist groups were created amid the proxy war between the US and the Soviet Union, but took other forms and objectives later.
President said a number of groups are upsetting security along the common border, and expressed hope that the Pakistani Army’s serious activities would secure the release of the remaining Iranian border guards abducted by terrorists at a military post on the common border back in October.
Rouhani also held separate meeting with Afghanistan’s Parliament Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi.
Both officials talked about economic relations, security issues as well as fighting drug smuggling.
Rouhani said that economic relations with Afghanistan requires a major transformation and stressed that Tehran is ready to cooperate with Kabul in this regard.
He said, “Tehran-Kabul relations are beyond neighborliness and therefore, overcoming terrorism and establishment of security and stability and economic development in Afghanistan is of great importance for the Islamic Republic of Iran”.
President Rouhani said that relations between Iran and Afghanistan are developing in different fields, noting that Iran has currently constructed a railway to connect the two countries’ systems.
The president referred to the Chabahar region in southeastern Iran, saying it is a very good opportunity for investment and development of economic relations between the two countries.
The Iranian president pointed to the issue of drugs and said the problem has damaged both Iranian and Afghan nations, stressing that fighting it seriously depends on cooperation between the two neighbors.
Iran-Russia economic ties
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to take advantage of all potentials for development of relations with Russia”, President Rouhani made the remarks in his meeting with Chairman of the State Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin.
“No third-party country is able to undermine the bilateral, regional and international relations between Iran and Russia”, Rouhani said.
Rouhani called cooperation in energy, joint ventures, agriculture, transportation and construction of Incheh Borun-Garmsar railway as the successful examples of cooperation between Tehran and Moscow.
Volodin said, “There is collective determination in Russia for full implementation of agreements with Iran and we will make efforts in this regard”.