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Supreme Leader Meets with Turkish Prime Minister


Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, met Wednesday afternoon with the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence said that the spirit of brotherhood, amity and friendship between the two countries has been unique in recent centuries, stressing: "The great capacities of both sides, has prepared the ground for developing and expanding relations."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that it is necessary for Tehran and Ankara to adopt a serious outlook towards the agreements made in this visit, adding: "This seriousness will enormously strengthen and facilitate relations."

His Eminence referred to the deep cultural attachments between Iran and Turkey, saying: "The current opportunities and conditions should be utilized in a proper way."

Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated: "We consider Iran to be our second home".

The Turkish Prime Minister stated that his meetings with President Rouhani and other Iranian officials were very valuable. Referring to several memoranda of understanding between Iran and Turkey, he stressed: "We hope that the increasing relations between the two countries will be a model for the region and for the entire world."

He described the establishment of the Supreme Council of Cooperation between Iran and Turkey as very important, reiterating: "By holding frequent meetings, we will develop our relations so strongly that it seems the ministers of the two countries are negotiating and cooperating with one another in one cabinet."


Supreme Leader: Grounds well prepared for expansion of Tehran-Ankara relations

Tehran, Jan 29, IRNA Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that grounds are now well prepared for expansion of all-out relations between Iran and Turkey.

The Supreme Leader made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.

Friendship and affinity between the two nations over the past centuries is very unprecedented, said Ayatollah Khamenei.

Since the two sides are determined to implement previously-inked agreements, this will consolidate their ties and bring them more development and prosperity, said the Supreme Leader.

The two sides should seize the opportunity and make use of existing opportunities to consolidate bilateral ties, Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Turkish premier, for his part, conveyed the warm greetings of the Turkish president and nation to the Supreme Leader and said he regards Iran as his second home.

He described his meeting with President Rouhani and other Iranian officials as fruitful and promising and expressed the hope that the two sidesˈ relations would turn into an exemplary model for the region and the the entire world.

Signing of a document on expansion of cooperation between Iran and Turkey should be regarded as a significant move, he said, adding that through exchange of more visits bilateral relations will further broaden.


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