Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will arrive in the Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday
for an official visit upon the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip
Erdoğan, according to a statement Tuesday by the Iranian Presidential Press Office.
Rouhani will be accompanied by high-level economic and political staff from his cabinet
during the two-day visit.
Erdoğan and Rouhani will chair the Fifth High Council for Strategic Affairs, at which
the two countries are expected to increase bilateral trade volume to $30 billion.
The two leaders are expected to sign important agreements in the fields of economy,
politics and culture during the visit.
Erdoğan and Rouhani are also expected to discuss the latest developments in Syria,
where the two countries support opposing sides in the seven-year-long civil war.
Turkey backs the opposition to the regime of Bashar Assad, whereas Iran is one of
the closest allies of the Syrian regime, in addition to Russia. All three countries
are taking part in the peace talks known as the Astana talks and held numerous bilateral
and trilateral meetings to end the fighting and launch a political process.
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Tuesday that he hopes for an agreement to
be reached with Turkey and Russia the same day for Syria's new constitutional committee.
Rouhani met with Parliament Speaker Binali Yıldırım earlier this month, and expressed
Iran's desire to further improve relations with Turkey and speed up implementation
of an agreement to boost cooperation in numerous fields, including banking and energy
topics, particularly trade under sanctions imposed by the U.S.
Iran has been seeking Turkey's support, in addition to other trading partners like
the European Union, China and Russia, in taking measures against the sanctions reinstated
by the Donald Trump administration on May 8 when he announced the withdrawal of his
country from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more commonly known
as the Iran nuclear deal.