Iran, Turkey ink documents to enhance bilateral ties

Iranian and Turkish officials signed several memorandums of understanding (MOUs) on the sidelines of a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Ankara Apr. 16, Iran’s state-run IRINN TV reported.

The two sides signed documents for cooperation in various sectors, including social welfare, as well as culture, science, education and standards.

The justice ministers of Iran and Turkey also signed a joint statement on the sidelines of the meeting.

Rouhani arrived in Ankara on April 15 evening to hold bilateral talks with high-ranking Turkish officials, especially his counterpart Erdogan.

Tehran and Ankara intend to raise their bilateral trade to $30 billion per year.

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

Although the trade turnover dropped by 29 percent in 2015 compared to the preceding year, many observers believe that the decline came amid global economic crisis ruling out the role of the political disagreements.

Source: Trend