TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyib Erdogan, underlined the necessity for closer ties between the two neighboring countries in various fields, banking cooperation in particular.

“Facilitating banking transactions is an important platform for developing ties and cooperation between both countries,” said Rouhani in a meeting with Erdogan in Kazakhstan’s capital  Astana on Saturday.

He added that Iran and Turkey are two effective actors in the region, hailing the cooperation between the two countries in combating terrorism and establishing stability in the region.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, President Rouhani is in Astana to take part in the First OIC Summit on Science and Technology due to open in the Kazakh capital on Sunday.

Both leaders also stressed the importance of delivering aid to the people of Myanmar, where security forces have been attacking the Rohingya Muslims and torching their villages since October 2016 in a bid to push them out of the western state of Rakhine.   

Rouhani condemned global inaction on violence against Rohingya Muslims, saying that the Islamic Republic would be sending humanitarian aid to those affected in the crackdown, and called for an end to the violence against the Rohingya Muslims.

Erdogan also stressed that the government in Myanmar must be pressured into halting its atrocities.  

The Rohingya have long faced severe discrimination and were the targets of violence in 2012 that killed hundreds and drove about 140,000 people from their homes to camps for the internally displaced.

Over the past days, intensifying clashes between security forces and insurgents in western Myanmar have sent about 270,000 terrified civilians scrambling toward the Bangladesh border in a desperate search for refuge.

A United Nations report in February said the military crackdown on the Rohingya had led to gang rape, the killing of hundreds of civilians and the forced displacement of people.