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Publish Date: 9:54 - 30 January 2014
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei told the visiting Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, here in Tehran on Wednesday that the two countries' extensive capacities and potentials provide a proper ground for increasing development and deepening of bilateral relations.
At the meeting, the Leader described the two countries' present "brotherly ties, affection and friendship" as unique in recent centuries, and stressed, "The two sides' extensive capacities are proper grounds for growing expansion and deepening of the relations."

He further reiterated the necessity of both Tehran and Ankara's seriousness in implementing the agreements struck during Erdogan's visit to Tehran, adding that it would further strengthen and accelerate progress in ties.

The Iranian Supreme Leader noted the heartfelt bonds between the two nations, and asked for an appropriate utilization of the existing chances and opportunities.

The Turkish premier, for his part, conveyed the warmest greetings of his president and nation to the Leader, and said, "We view Iran as our second home."

Erdogan further viewed his today meetings with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other officials as "much useful", and expressed the hope that increasing development and progress in ties would turn Iran-Turkey relations as a role model for the region and the world.

He also viewed endorsement of the document of Iran-Turkey Supreme Cooperation Council as "crucially important", and vowed to develop the relations through continued and reciprocal meetings to such an extent "as if the two countries' ministers worked and cooperated in a single cabinet".

Erdogan and his accompanying delegation arrived in Tehran on Tuesday night for a two-day visit.

Earlier today, the two sides signed four cooperation pacts in trade and cultural fields.

Speaking to reporters after the endorsement of the agreements on Wednesday, Erdogan underlined his country’s enthusiasm for starting a new chapter in the relations with Tehran, and said Turkey is in dire need of Iran’s energy resources.

"We import oil and natural gas from Iran and those are strategic products that Turkey imports from Iran and we can receive them more (than before),” Erdogan told reporters.

"Given the fact that Turkey’s industries are making progress on a daily basis and rapidly, we direly need energy products, specially Iran’s natural gas, and we should take joint win-win steps,” he added.

Erdogan also called for the further expansion of bilateral economic ties with Tehran, and said there is a political resolve in Iran and Turkey to increase the level of their trade exchanges to $30bln in 2015.

Iran and Turkey are both trying to return to the golden age of their relations after a period of recession of ties due to their differences on certain regional issues, specially in Syria.

The two Muslim neighboring states have increased their cooperation in various fields of economy, security, trade, education, energy and culture in recent years.

The two sides have exchanged several politico-economic delegations during the last few months.


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