TEHRAN, Aug. 21 (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said the visit to Turkey by Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces was an evolutionary step in relations between the two countries.

Speaking at his weekly press conference, Spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, touched upon independence of the Iraqi Kurdistan saying “Iran maintains a clear and firm stance on Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan in line with remarks made by Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces.”

On pursuing earlier agreements reach during FM Zarif’s recent visit to Afghanistan, the official said things might not move in accordance with envisaged timetables though agreements will be hopefully finalized in the near future.

Touching upon the racist incident in the US and Trump’s failure to take up a position against it, the official said Americans follow double standards and one cannot except any better reaction by US authorities.

In response to a question on the new Iranian government’s measures against US actions especially as regards violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Ghasemi refused to provide details of the agenda and noted that JCPOA and its outcomes will be preserved through various means as promised by President Rouhani and FM Zarif.

He described the nuclear deal as an international issue saying “several world countries are supporting the JCPOA and a comprehensive agreement can preserve outcome of the deal.”

Later into his remarks, Ghasemi deemed the visit to Turkey by Major General Bagheri as an unprecedented and outstanding measure which lead to significant promotion in level of cooperation between the two countries.

“Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces travelled to Turkey upon receiving an official invitation from his Turkish counterpart,” recalled FM spokesman stressing that excellent talks were held between Iranian and Turkish officials during constructive sessions.

Ghasemi invited the two nations to observe positive results of the visit on bilateral ties as well as on regional issues in the near future; “in addition to deepening bilateral relations, the visit can also significantly help with regional cooperation and stability.”

Expressing hope that the talks between Iran and Turkey will continue in Tehran, the official noted that similar visits could open a new chapter in the ties between the two countries benefiting both nations by establishment of peace and stability in the region.

To be updated…

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