Rouhani, Davutoglu hold talks in Tehran
Sat Mar 5, 2016 2:6PM
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu meet in Tehran on March 5, 2016. © president.ir
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and visiting Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu hold talks in Tehran on mutual relations and the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly the Syrian crisis.
Davutoglu arrived in Tehran at the head of a high-ranking political and economic delegation Friday night for a two-day official visit.
Iran's Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri earlier on Saturday officially received Davutoglu in Tehran. During a joint news conference with Jahangiri, the Turkish premier said Tehran and Ankara must develop a “common perspective” in order to help end the crises plaguing the region.
“It is extremely important for Turkey and Iran to develop some common perspectives in order to end our region’s fight among brothers, to stop the ethnic and sectarian conflicts,” the Turkish PM said.
Tehran and Ankara may have differences over regional issues, “but we cannot change our history or our geography,” he added.
Jahangiri, for his part, said the restoration of peace to the Middle East is in the interest of both Iran and Turkey.
The Iranian official highlighted the two neighbors’ determination to enhance their bilateral relations, particularly in the economic sector.
The premier’s trip is the highest level between the two neighboring countries for almost a year after President Recep Tayyib Erdogan paid an official visit to Tehran in April 2015