Iran’s leader Rouhani thanks Turkey for support in nuke deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani phones Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to thank for supporting nuclear deal

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday night to express gratitude for Turkey’s support and efforts towards the Iran’s nuclear programme and the deal signed with P5+1 countries.

According to the statement released by the office of president of Iran, Rouhani said the nuclear deal agreed between Iran and P5+1 countries would have positive impact on the relations between Iran and its neighbours, specifically with Turkey.

The nuclear agreement between Iran and five permanent members of the United Nations namely the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, plus Germany, came following two years of negotiations brings limits to Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange of lifting US-led Western sanctions on Iran.

In the past five years, Turkey and Brazil have particularly worked hard to avert a showdown between Tehran and Washington on the nuclear conflict.

Turkish Foreign Ministry has released a statement following the deal, welcoming the historical decision.

“We have left the cruel sanctions behind and succeeded to find an acceptable resolution,” Rouhani told Erdogan over the phone while noting that the cooperation between the both countries is the “hope of the people of the region.”

“We could find a win-win resolution for the region. The bilateral dialogue must be increased to prevent terrorism in the region,” Rouhani said.

In return, Erdogan congratulated Rouhani over the nuclear deal reached with the West and stated, “Turkey is willing to cooperate with Iran towards resolution of the regional issues and closer dialogue would ease reaching a target.”

Both leaders also celebrated the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr for each other.

TRTWorld and agencies