Baku – APA. Turkey buys 95 percent of the natural gas exported by Iran. However, it’s the most expensive gas in terms of price. In case of a drop in price, we would buy much more gas.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the remarks on Tuesday at a joint press conference held with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani following the meeting of the Turkey-Iran High Level Cooperation Council in Tehran, APA reported citing the Hurriyyet Daily News.
He announced during the meeting that a total of eight intergovernmental documents and one memorandum were signed between the two countries.
“We had a very meaningful meeting today. Now the region is on fire. We talked over these problems and terror, discussing what joint actions we could take in this respect,” he said.
Erdogan expressed regret over the declining rate of economic relations between the two countries lately.
“We intend to increase the volume of bilateral trade turnover to $30 billion. Unfortunately, we have fallen behind in this area. We buy the most expensive gas from Iran. We are not pleased with that. In case of a drop in price, we would buy much more gas. We need to be in solidarity as fraternal and friendly countries. We are able to hear each other’s voice. We arrived here from Ankara in two hours. There are a number of issues we can solve in joint work,” the Turkish president added.
The Turkish president proposed to use national currencies in trade transactions between the two countries.
“We shouldn't be under the pressure of dollar and euro. We want to purchase Iranian products with Iranian money,” Erdogan noted.
Erdogan said 300,000 people lost their lives in Syria, history was destroyed in Iraq.
“For me there’s no difference between Sunnis and Shiites, I’m concerned about Muslims. We should put an end to this bloodshed and oppression. We want to discuss how can we mediate in this regard and achieve a result. We should bring together those who fight with each other,” he underlined.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highly assessed the talks.
“There are many things we need to deal with in our bilateral relations, deals including energy, transportation, and investing in mutual investments. We have made agreements on having more secure borders to deal with terrorist threats. We are discussing these issues at a very sensitive time. There is much insecurity and instability around us and both sides have unanimously have agreed that it can no longer be tolerated. We have demonstrated our decisiveness against terrorism and radicalism. In regards to the nuclear issue, I wish to thank the President’s support for Iran. We had detailed discussions on Yemen issue and found common grounds. We want to halt the bloodshed and achieve a ceasefire in Yemen,” Rouhani noted.