Turkey and Iran to develop all-out cooperation - IRNA

The presidents of Turkey and Iran said they would spare no effort in developing all-out cooperation in line with their mutual interests during a meeting on the sidelines of 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said it was important to accelerate the implementation of agreements between the two countries and appreciated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for condemning an attack during a military parade in Iran on Saturday, in which at least 25 people were killed. 

Rouhani stressed the importance of cooperation between Iran, Russia and Turkey on Syria, saying Tehran was ready to help find a solution of the Syrian problem, especially in the rebel-held province of Idlib in northwest Syria.

Russia and Turkey announced an agreement last week on the establishment of a demilitarised zone in Idlib. The agreement between the two countries has stopped for the moment a possible Syrian government attack on Idlib and prevented a huge refugee flow to Turkey.

Erdoğan also called for reinforcing Tehran-Ankara cooperation, saying that Turkey would stand by Iran against U.S. sanctions to be reintroduced after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his country’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran.

Turkey is among the countries that will be negatively affected by U.S. sanctions on Iran, as it has a border with the country and has a trade volume of about $10 billion.