0456 GMT January 24, 2019
The Iranian president is scheduled to leave Tehran for Ankara tomorrow to meet with his Turkish counterpart and attend the fifth round of Iran-Turkey high council of strategic cooperation.
The president’s office announced on Tuesday that Hassan Rouhani will head a high-ranking political and economic delegation during the two-day visit.
The two countries will sign major political, economic and cultural agreements.
The high council of strategic cooperation, to be co-chaired by the presidents of Iran and Turkey, is an initiative that was developed during Rouhani’s first official trip to Turkey.
Last week, the Iranian president’s chief of staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, traveled to Turkey and held several meetings with Turkish officials, IRNA reported.
During his visit, the Iranian official described the expanding relations between the two neighbors as strategic and called for strengthening of all-out ties.
Vaezi also called for joint efforts to remove hurdles in the way of mutual cooperation between the two countries’ private sectors and businesses.
Iran and Turkey have ramped up efforts in recent years to boost bilateral trade, setting a $30-billion annual trade target and signing several agreements to enhance cooperation in various areas.
Turkey is one of Iran’s major trading partners in the region.
Tehran and Ankara have also stepped up security cooperation in the region.
Both countries along with Russia are working to help put an end the ongoing war in Syria.