Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel calls for strengthening ties with Turkey

Description of Selected News: "Majlis speaker calls for strengthening ties with Turkey

TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel in a meeting with the Turkish Ambassador to Tehran Halit Bozkur Aran here on Tuesday said that Iran-Turkey trade and economic exchanges can be raised to five billion dollars.

A report released by Majlis Media Department quoted Haddad Adel as saying that given the economic potentials of both sides, the firm determination of Iranian and Turkish officials will pave the way for further exchanges.

The official hoped that closer cooperation between the parliamentary friendship groups will reveal the pivotal role of the parliaments in consolidating mutual ties in all fields.

Turning to the formation of a special Majlis committee to take charge of Turkcell and TAV agreements, he said that the government's proposal to the effect is being examined by the Majlis.

He hoped that after being revised, the agreements will be implemented, in particular since this can help expand bilateral economic relations.

Haddad Adel noted that Iran is closely following up the process of Turkey's membership in the EU and hoped that this will lead to Turkey's further development and protection of its religious and cultural identities.

He pointed to Iran's scientific and industrial potentials specially in the field of peaceful nuclear activities as an indigenous achievement and appreciated Turkey's positive approach to the issue.

Haddad Adel extended an invitation to his Turkish counterpart to pay an official visit to Iran and hoped that the trip will be take place at an appropriate opportunity.

For his part, Bozkur Aran expressed satisfaction with his mission in Tehran and declared his government's complete readiness to bolster multi-faceted relations with Iran and the high significance of such ties.

He hoped that once the problem facing Turkcell and TAV agreements are solved, a leap will be witnessed in the mutual economic ties."

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