Iran, Turkey cooperating on regional, global issues, Rouhani says

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said his country is cooperating with neighbouring Turkey on issues affecting the region and the world.

Rouhani made the comments during a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday, according to Iran’s state-run Press TV.

“Iran and Turkey have a responsible and cooperative approach in various global and regional issues and matters affecting the Islamic world, which has helped solve the region's problems through dialogue and negotiation,” he said.

NATO member Turkey is seeking to maintain constructive ties with Iran as Erdoğan’s government seeks to bolster the country’s regional influence and minimise threats to Turkish security in countries such as Iraq and Syria.

Erdoğan described relations with Iran as cordial and developing during the phone call, Press TV said.

“Turkey and Iran have common positions and cooperation on important regional and international issues,” he said.

Erdoğan praised Rouhani’s efforts to develop and deepen strategic ties and cooperation, underscoring the need to maintain that trend.