Feb 1 2015
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Turkish experts in a meeting in the city of Khoy in Northwestern Iran discussed construction of a joint road linking the two countries' border towns in a bid to further broaden their trade exchanges.
A team of Turkish road construction experts met their Iranian counterparts in Khoy city on Saturday to discuss construction of Razi-Khoy-Evogli road which will link Iran to Kapikoy border market in Turkey, Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Alireza Bigdeli said on Sunday.
The road from Razi to Kapikoy border market is near Khoy city in Iran's Eastern Azarbaijan province and Van city in Turkey.
Iranian and Turkish experts are slated to continue their talks in Ankara and Tehran the near future, Bigdeli added.
On Saturday, Bigdeli announced that Iranian Minister of Road and Urbanization Abbas Akhoundi and his Turkish counterpart Lutfi Elvan in a series of meetings in Istanbul had explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating mutual cooperation in the transportation sector.
“The Iranian and Turkish road ministers met three times on the sidelines of the Transport Corridor for Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA) meeting in Istanbul and discussed cooperation in the transport sector,” the Iranian ambassador wrote on his facebook page.
Bigdeli noted that the Iranian and Turkish road ministers agreed on broadening bilateral ties in the road, rail and air transportation sectors in their meetings.
Iran and Turkey have been pursuing increasing widening of their ties in various fields in the last two decades. Iran is a main energy supplier to Turkey and Ankara has made huge investments in Iran.
Iran is a main destination of Turkish goods and Turkey is among the top destinations of Iranian tourists and traders.
The two states plan to multiply their trade transactions in the next few years.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a meeting in Istanbul on Wednesday called for the further expansion of bilateral ties, and underlined that the two countries could easily increase their trade balance to $30 billion in the near future.
During the meeting in the Turkish city, Larijani and Erdogan underlined the need for increasing mutual cooperation in the energy, transport, trade and industrial sectors.
Referring to the Iran-Turkey commonalities, the two top officials reiterated that the 30-billion-dollar trade balance is possible.