While addressing the Turkish-Iranian Business Forum on Thursday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, underlined the great importance of his country’s brotherly relations (Bhai Bhai) with the Islamic Rpublic, saying that Turkey and Iran can launch joint initiatives for regional peace, stability and welfare. He also emphasized the historical Islamic relations between the two peoples (Persia’s great Safvid dynasty was established by Turk Sufis).
Erdogan said that Turkey and Iran, two countries situated close to problematic regions like Middle East and the Caucasus, maintained their existence as elements of peace and stability despite those problems and areas of conflicts.
“I think that there are initiatives we can launch together to ensure welfare, peace, stability and confidence in the entire region,” Erdogan added.
He said: “As we are Iran’s door opening to Europe, Iran is our gate opening to Asia.”
Erdogan said geographical closeness offered unique opportunities to Turkey and Iran to boost their commercial and economic relations.
Turkey and Iran, two countries with many common goals and features, should be in more cooperation and solidarity, he said.
“We have been laying the foundations of a very strong building with Turkey,” Iran’s vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi said at the meeting. “Today, we can give the good news to the business world in Turkey that we will eliminate all problems before trade.”
Trade between Turkey and Iran is currently worth about US$10 billion, but official figures show it has already jumped 86 percent in the first seven months this year. Turkish State Minister for Foreign Trade Zafer Caglayan has predicted that the figure could tripple ($30 billion) in the next five years.
Since Israeli commandos’ murdering of nine Turk aid workers at international waters on May 31, 2010 and Turkey’s no vote against fourth round of sanctions against the Islamic Republic – the US, EU and the Zionist entity is waging anti-AKP propaganda applying the usual Zionist dirty propaganda tricks. For example, the Daily Telegraph has claimed on Tuesday that Tehran is planning to donate US$25 million for AKP to win next year general election. It’s the same Jewish-controlled newspaper which had claimed in October 2009 that Iranian Presiden Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had “Jewish roots” by claiming that President’s family had changed its Jewish family name “Sabourjian” to Ahmadinejad.
Mersiha Gadzo, writing for Varsity, under the title ‘Double Standards’, said:
For years, the United States and its allies have accused Iran of being a major nuclear threat because it has violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Ironically, the real violators of the NNPT are the same nations accusing Iran. The U.S. and its allies have never been able to confirm their accusations with concrete proof since they are based entirely on suspicion. While the media continues to attack Iran, illegal nuclear activities made by the West remain widely unknown to the public.
Iran, unlike Israel, is a signatory of the 1970 NNPT, which requires the International Atomic Energy Agency to make frequent unannounced inspections in order to verify that the country’s nuclear program remains within the bounds of the treaty. The IAEA has made over 2,700 snap inspections in Iran and have repeatedly stated that they have found no evidence of a weapons program and that non-diversion of nuclear material is continually being verified.
United Nations Security Council investigations, led by former Director General of IAEA, Mohamed El-Baradei, have repeatedly shown that Iran has no military component to its program. In an interview for the German magazine, Der Spiegel, in July 2010, El-Baradei stated “I do not believe that the Iranians are actually producing nuclear weapons… in general, the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran is overestimated, some even play it up intentionally.”