TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has held separate phone discussions with his Turkish and Iraqi counterparts, during which they reiterated their resolve to maintain strong r elations.
In a Friday conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Iranian president expressed Tehran’s determination to enhance friendly relations with Ankara in all areas despite cruel U.S. sanctions on the Iranian people.
Rouhani said friendly and neighboring countries like Iran and Turkey should further boost their cooperation at a time when the U.S. has targeted the Iranian nation with oppressive sanctions.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to develop friendly and brotherly bonds and cooperation with Turkey in all fields.”
Rouhani touched on the regional problems, expressing hope that stability and peace would prevail through cooperation.
He further extended congratulations to the Turkish president on the occasion of Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice), which marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Rouhani said he hopes that Iran and Turkey would continue to work together and share experiences in the fight against the coronavirus.
Erdogan, for his part, congratulated Rouhani on Eid al-Adha and hoped that the festivity would bring blessing for both nations and all Muslims across the world.
He also praised the Iranian government and people for making successful efforts to counter the coronavirus, stressing the need for reinforcing bilateral cooperation and transferring experiences in this regard.
Separately, Rouhani held talks Iraqi President Barham Salih and hailed deep-rooted relations between the two nations.
Salhi touched on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s recent visit to Iran, saying it provided an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest.
"We hope that bilateral decisions and agreements would be implemented as soon as possible and that we could further broaden economic relations and trade exchanges,” Rouhani said.
The Islamic Republic, he said, is determined to develop all-out ties with Iraq and is ready to cooperate and share its experiences with the country in the fight against the coronavirus.
Salih, for his part, said he hopes the coronavirus outbreak would lead to unity and cooperation among all the regional countries.
He said enhancing cooperation with Iran is an inviolable principle of Iraq’s foreign policy.
Rouhani on Saturday sent a message for Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga, expressing confidence that friendly relations between the two countries would grow in light of ample opportunities which exist for mutual cooperation.
As Iran and Switzerland are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their diplomatic relations, "I believe that by employing diverse capacities for cooperation”, the friendly and historical ties between the two countries will further grow, he said.