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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Iran, Turkey Discuss Enhancement of Tourism Ties

Iran, Turkey Discuss Enhancement of Tourism Ties

Speaking in a meeting with Turkey's Ambassador to Tehran Umit Yardim, Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) Masoud Soltanifar voiced Tehran's readiness to expand its all-out relations with Ankara, particularly in the field of tourism.
"Iran is keen to take advantage of Turkey's experiences on tourism," said the Iranian official.
He added that ICHHTO is committed to pursue implementation of bilateral agreements in the field of tourism.

The Turkish ambassador, for his part, welcomed the idea of developing bilateral ties between the two friendly nations, noting that further exchange of visits by the Iranian and Turkish officials could be helpful in promotion of bilateral cultural relations.
Early in February, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan underlined that partial removal of sanctions on Iran following the implementation of the Geneva accord recently sealed by Tehran and the six major world powers was an unprecedented opportunity which was eagerly seized by Turkey to promote its ties with Tehran.

The Turkish premier underlined that economic and trade relations between Tehran and Ankara would increase more than ever due to fruitful agreements which were signed in his last week trip to Iran.
Erdogan criticized the double standards toward countries doing business with Iran during the Western-led sanctions on the country, saying certain countries continued their trade with Iran, while Turkey was forced to reduce its relations so that trade between the two countries fell to $13.5bln in 2013 from the $21.5bln in 2012 showing a 35 percent decrease.
He reiterated that during his stay in Iran, the two sides had agreed to upgrade the level of bilateral trade to $30bln by 2015.

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