TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s Ambassador to Ankara Ebrahim Taherian held meetings with Turkish political and military officials to weigh plans for closer cooperation between the two neighbors.

In one of the meetings in Ankara, Taherian held talks with Turkey’s envoy to Tehran Reza Hakan Tekin.

In the gathering, the two diplomats discussed the process of growing ties between the two nations and plans to achieve the goal of $30 billion in annual bilateral trade, endorsed by the presidents of the two countries.

The Iranian ambassador also had a meeting with Turkish Minister of National Defence Nurettin Canikli, talking about ways to broaden bilateral relations.

In March 2017, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that closer Tehran-Ankara ties will be of great benefit to stability in the Middle East.

In April 2016, Iran and Turkey signed eight memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to strengthen bilateral cooperation in various areas.

The two countries have ramped up efforts in recent months to boost bilateral trade since the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a lasting nuclear deal between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).