Jan 23, 2014, 6:04 PM
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Turkey keen on boosting commercial exchanges with Iran

Ankara, Jan 23, IRNA – Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said on Thursday that Turkey is seeking to promote commercial exchanges with Iran.

Addressing a meeting of members of Istanbul Chamber of Industries, he said that Turkey imported oil and gas worth of $7.6 billion from Iran in 2013.

Turkey favors boosting trade with Iran within rational and legal frameworks, Yildiz said.

He said that after preliminary nuclear deal between Iran and 5+1 Group, normalization of Iran ties with regional and international states have started.

Yildiz added that Turkey is one of the states which have suffered from the sanctions imposed on Iran more than other countries because Iran is Turkey's good neighborly, friendly and brotherly country.

Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh in his visit to Turkey this week conferred with Yildiz on the ways to develop commercial cooperation between the two countries.

Describing Turkey as a strategic partner for Iran, Zanganeh said that development of commercial exchanges between the two states would help enhance level of cultural and social relations.