May 29, 2020 14:48 UTC
  • Iran, Turkey must forge relations to promote sustainable security: Qalibaf

Iran’s new Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf says the Islamic Republic and Turkey should further boost regional cooperation with the purpose of promoting peace and sustainable development.

In a phone call with Turkey’s Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop on Friday, Qalibaf stressed the importance of reinforcing unity and solidarity among Muslim nations to thwart the Israeli regime’s plots.

He pointed to commonalities between the two countries and said Iran and Turkey have always enjoyed “friendly relations at the highest level.”

Qalibaf said the Iranian Parliament was ready to take any measure to expand mutual relations, particularly in the economic sector. A Parliamentary friendship group would be set up in the near future, he added.

Iranian lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to elect the former Tehran Mayor as Speaker of the newly-inaugurated Parliament (Majlis).

The new Parliament chief, 58, is replacing Ali Larijani, who served in the post from 2008 until May this year.

The Turkish Parliament Speaker, for his part, congratulated his new Iranian counterpart and exchanged views with him on the latest developments in the region.

"We wish that your parliament sessions in the new term result in good consequences in terms of friendship and good neighborly relations between Iranian people and our country," Sentop told Qalibaf, the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper reported.

Sentop said Turkey's Parliament welcomes the expansion of cordial relations in various political, economic, cultural and Parliamentary fields.

He also expressed hope that Tehran and Ankara would further increase trade and economic exchanges after the containment of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

The top Turkish Parliamentarian officially invited his Iranian counterpart to pay a visit to Turkey.