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Zarif hails fruitful trip to Turkey

Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message hailed his fruitful talks with senior Turkish officials.

'Just finished fruitful consultations with Turkish FM @mevlutcavusoglu, and President @rt_erdogan on bilateral relations and regional cooperation in the face of malign US behavior. Off to #Pakistan tomorrow to meet with new leadership. Our neighbors our priority,' Zarif wrote in his Twitter account on Thursday.

Zarif, who is currently in Ankara, held talks with Erdoghan in a meeting attended by his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu late Wednesday.

Prior to meeting with Zarif, the Turkish foreign minister said that he will discuss bilateral relations and Syria situation with his Iranian counterpart.

Asked whether the issue of US sanctions is to be raised during the meeting, he said that it seems the Iranian side would put forward the issue.

Upon arrival in Ankara, Zarif told reporters that the Turkish government and president showed remarkable resistance against US pressures.

What we have always sought and our neighbors also favored was development of legitimate economic communications between the two countries regardless of others' desires and pressures, Zarif earlier said.

We have always looked at Turkey as a neighboring state and a good economic partner as a country we have had cooperation on regional issues and regular consultations, he added.

Zarif is to depart for Islamabad on Thursday for talks with officials of Pakistan's new government.

According to a report by Foreign Ministry Media Department, Zarif is to discuss ways of expanding bilateral ties and cooperation with Pakistani officials.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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