Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for long-term cooperation with neighboring Turkey in the fight against terrorism, stressing the need for constant coordination to ensure peace and security in Syria.
“The regional countries, particularly Turkey and Iran, should develop long-term cooperation in the region in the fight against terrorism,” the Iranian president said in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Tehran and Ankara share views about contribution to regional stability and the war on terrorism, President Rouhani added, saying the two neighbors should keep working with each other to strengthen security and stability of Syria.
"The Sochi summit proved that with each other's cooperation positive steps can be taken towards solving the region's problems," Rouhani added, pointing to a November meeting in Russia on Syria peace.
He then lashed out at the US for standing against the Muslim world by recognizing the city of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the new capital of Israel, saying results of the extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul are a source of hope for Muslims around the world.
For his part, the Turkish president expressed the hope that unity among the Islamic countries would help restore the rights of Palestinians.
Erdogan also stressed the need for closer ties with Iran in diverse fields, saying the regional states should join hands to defeat terrorism.
Representatives from 57 OIC member states attended the Wednesday summit in Istanbul, a week after US President Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of al-Quds as the capital of Israel and his decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Quds.