Jan 29, 2014, 8:15 PM
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Erdogan says Turkey will cooperate with Iran to counter terrorism

Tehran, Jan 29, IRNA – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey will cooperate with Iran on campaign against terrorism.

In a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani, Erdogan said Iran and Turkey share common concerns over the spread of terrorism in the region.

He reiterated that terrorist groups operating under the name of Islam have nothing to do with Islam.

Turkish prime minister said Iran and Turkey are the most powerful countries in the region, adding, "Turkey's national goal is to expand all-out ties with Iran."

He said Turkey wants to enhance level of trade with Iran from dlrs 15 billion to $30 billion by 2015.

Referring to longstanding ties between Iran and Turkey, Erdogan called for further promotion of the brotherly and good neighborly ties between the two nations as a base for cementing political, economic and cultural cooperation.

He said that Turkey is willing to expand economic relations with Iran so that they can sign a free trade agreement.