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    Turkey, Iran pledge to strengthen relations

    Turkey and Iran Friday pledged to strengthen trade ties in a wide variety of areas in the coming period.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif held a joint press conference in Istanbul after a closed-door meeting.

    Mr. Cavusoglu said the decline in bilateral trade between the two countries, triggered by the consequences of the pandemic, should be reversed.

    He said a joint commission would soon start working to improve the volume of trade in the coming period, noting that a high-level strategic cooperation meeting would be held in Iran, in addition to a series of mutual bilateral visits.

    For his part, Zarif said they discussed the opportunities for cooperation on freight, trade, and energy during their meeting.

    According to him, their main objective was to solve the problems of Turkish companies working in Iran and Iranian companies doing business in Turkey. Iran attaches great importance to the presence of Turkish companies in its country, he added.

    Meanwhile, Cavusoglu urged the US administration of President Joe Biden to return to the nuclear deal and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.

    The agreement was reached in 2015 between several world powers and Iran to contain Iran’s nuclear activities. It was abandoned in 2018 by former US President Donald Trump, and sanctions have been reimposed on Tehran.

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