ISTANBUL: Iran wants to discuss greater economic cooperation with neighbouring Turkey in talks in Istanbul on Saturday, Tehran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said in comments broadcast by Iranian television. Zarif arrived in Istanbul, where he is due to meet with President Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Turkey’s foreign ministry has said the aim of talks will be “current regional and international developments” as well as bilateral relations between the two countries. Zarif suggested that business would be high on the agenda. “We are seeking the best possible level of economic cooperation with Turkey after the nuclear deal,” he told reporters in Istanbul. After the lifting of international sanctions this year following a deal with Western powers to curb its nuclear programme, Iran has become the biggest economy to rejoin the global trading system since the Soviet Union broke up more than two decades ago.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2016.
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