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Deputy Foreign Minister Alaadin Boroujerdi visits Ankara 13 June 1997

Turkistan-Newsletter> Volume 97-1:09, 13 June 1997: "Republic of Turkey (ROT) News
>Subject: TRKNWS-L Turkish Press Review
>Date: 11 Jun 1997 11:50:51 -0400

Turkey reiterated its security concerns to Iran yet again during the unexpected visit to Ankara of the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Alaadin Boroujerdi yesterday. Boroujerdi, who brought a message from Iranian President Hasimi Rafsanjani to his Turkish counterpart Suleyman Demirel, met with Deputy Undersecretary Korkmaz Haktanir and Undersecretary Onur Oymen for more than four hours.

Prior to his meeting, Oymen described Turkey and Iran to the press as two large states with ties of friendship between them. "Friends speak openly, we have common interests in the region but there are also security problems. This year alone we have had high-level contact 49 times in relation to the struggle against terrorism. Maximum attention should be paid to the improvement of reciprocal cooperation; we will have open and sincere talks" Oymen said.

Boroujerdi had, before his arrival, in a public statement in Iran said he would discuss the situation in northern Iraq, and later reported to the press that his meetings were very positive. "Even if we have problems, the solution is talks. We want to help our neighbour with its security problems and we want to do our best. This is our wish. We will make every effort to improve our relations and this is our hope" Boroujerdi said. He also recalled that Iranian President Rafsanjani would be in Turkey for the D-8 summit in Turkey.


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