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President chief of staff off to Ankara

Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's chief of staff departed to Ankara on Thursday to submit Iranian president's message to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

During his day-long visit to Ankara, Mahmoud Vaez is slated to hold separate meetings with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and several high-ranking officials.

On Aug 8, Turkey's Minister of Energy Fatih Donmez said his country will continue trade relations with Iran, particularly on energy, and will remain committed to the agreements signed with Tehran.

Speaking to Turkish TV, A Haber, Donmez said, Turkey imports 9.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Iran, and 'we do not intend to leave our people in dark and cold without gas or electricity.'

'We have long been observing good neighborly relations with Iran,' he said, adding that the relations would go on despite unilateral US sanctions.

Even European Union (EU) is extremely annoyed by this. We are conducting legitimate trade here,' he said. And this is important for us in terms of supply security as well.

A delegation of ours is in the United States right now and negotiations are being held on a series of matters, including the sanctions issue, the Turkish minister said.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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