ANKARA – Turkish Daily News
Foreign Minister Ali Babacan yesterday held a 20-minute meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to discuss Iraq and the fight against terrorism, reported the Anatolia news agency. The meeting came ahead of today's scheduled summit of the group of eight developing Muslim countries, known as D-8, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Babacan said the relations between the two neighboring countries Turkey and Iraq were good and that he was in regular contact with his Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki, according to Anatolia.
The two also discussed bilateral relations and exchanged views on how to resolve regional problems, said Anatolia, citing diplomatic sources. Babacan said the trade volume between Turkey and Iran reached $7 billion and also expressed pleasure over the start of communication between Iran and the other six members of the D-8.
Apart from touching upon the issues of Iraq and the fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, Babacan pointed to the fact that the initiative of holding regular meetings of Iraq's neighbors was quite useful, said Anatolia.
For his part, Ahmadinejad said he would have like to meet Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at today's summit, conveying his regards to both, reported the agency.