TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi and Turkey’s Minister of Family and Social Policies Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya held a meeting in Istanbul for talks on issues of mutual interest.

During the Wednesday meeting, the Iranian vice president, who is in Turkey to attend a ministerial meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), described Iran as a friend of the Turkish nation in hard times, referring to Tehran’s support for the Ankara government amid a futile coup in July.

Calling for closer regional and international cooperation between Iran and Turkey as two major members of the OIC, Molaverdi said the two countries can contribute to settlement of problems in the region and the Islamic world.

For her part, the Turkish minister expressed the hope for the enhancement of political, cultural and economic ties between the two countries.

In September, Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan thanked Iran for supporting the Ankara government in the early hours of the failed coup, saying Iran and Turkey can cooperate and play a “determining” role in defusing the ongoing crises and establishing security in the region, particularly in Syria and Iraq.