Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for further negotiations with Iran to prevent further bloodshed resulting from the spread of terrorism in the Middle East region, FNA reorted.
“We should become united with each other and negotiate and prevent this bloodshed …,” President Erdogan said, addressing a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Tuesday.
The Turkish president pointed to the developments in Iraq, and lamented the death of around 100,000 people and destruction of Iraq’s ancient history and culture in clashes in that country.
He also expressed similar regret for similar developments in Syria.
Earlier in the meeting, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined the necessity for the two countries’ cooperation in campaign against extremism, stressed that war and bloodshed in Yemen should come to an end immediately.
“Unfortunately, today we are witnessing insecurity and instabilities in the region. The two sides had completely the same ideas that instability, insecurity and war in the region should be controlled,” Rouhani said during the press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.
“We hope that we can fight against terrorism and extremism and witness brotherhood and friendship among the regional states,” he added.
Rouhani referred to his talks with Erdogan on the problems in Iraq and Palestine, and said, “We had detailed discussions on Yemen in addition to the aforementioned countries. There were common points between us and both of us believed that we need to see the end of war and bloodshed in Yemen as soon as possible and the countries’ attacks on Yemen should stop and a ceasefire should start so that different countries can send their humanitarian aids to Yemen after the ceasefire.”
“God willing, we will witness peace and stability in Yemen and under a Yemeni government,” he said.
The Turkish president arrived in Tehran earlier today to discuss bilateral ties and regional developments with President Rouhani and other senior Iranian officials.
Erdogan’s visit takes place at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.
Erdogan, who heading a high-ranking delegation, is to hold separate meetings with the country’s senior officials.
Both Iran and Turkey are influential countries in the region and their closer cooperation would be crucial to end regional crises.