Iran, Turkey Discuss Anti-Terror Cooperation


Iran’s First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stressed the need for close mutual cooperation in the fight against terrorism, after twin explosions on Saturday killed around 100 people in Ankara.

In a telephone conversation on Sunday night, Jahangiri expressed Iran’s deep sorrow and sympathy with the Turkish nation and government over the tragic attack that killed and wounded scores of people.

He also emphasized the necessity for close cooperation between Iran and Turkey in the fight against terrorist groups.

“Given the region’s critical and sensitive situation and foreign powers’ attempts to misuse the circumstances, more exchanges of views and intensive consultations between diplomatic apparatuses of the two countries are of special significance,” Jahangiri said.

He also underlined that Iran favors stability and calm in Turkey.

For his part, Davutoglu slammed terrorism as a threat against all nations.

Describing Iran and Turkey as two brothers, the Turkish premier urged stronger cooperation in the battle against terrorist groups in the current delicate situation in the region.

At least 97 people were killed and around 250 wounded on Saturday after two explosions hit outside the main train station in Ankara where protesters were gathering for a peace march.

Turkish government officials said the explosions were a terrorist attack carried out by suicide bombers but no group immediately claimed responsibility.

Turkish prime minister declared three days of national mourning after the incident.