Turkey calls for boosting ties with Iran: envoy

18:56, October 28, 2010      

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Turkish Ambassador to Tehran Umit Yardim hailed his country's cooperation with Iran in the economic and cultural fields, and called for further growth in ties, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday.

"Joint borders between Iran and Turkey have paved the ground for further economic interactions between the two sides," Yardim said in Iran's northwestern city of Orumiyeh on Wednesday.

"We should expand our cooperation in scientific and research fields as well," Yardim was quoted as saying.

Orumiyeh is currently hosting a conference on the promotion of trade ties between the Turkish bordering provinces with Iran and Iran's West Azarbaijan province, according to Fars.

The Islamic Republic and Turkey have enjoyed historical relations in diverse areas of interest which have been developed in the past years.

Reportedly, Iran is the second gas supplier to Turkey after Russia, exporting between 15 and 18 million cubic meters of gas on the daily basis.

In May, Tehran and Ankara agreed to increase gas exports to Turkey to 23 million cubic meters per day, according to Fars. Turkey has also signed agreements with Iran to cooperate in the development of Iran's gas fields in the southern part of the country.



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