Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was received with full honors, including a 21-minute gun salute being fired, anthems of Turkey and Iran being performed and 16 flags of Turkic states that existed throughout history being hoisted.

After meeting behind closed doors, the presidents held a news conference during which Erdogan said:

“Turkey and Iran are two very important countries, both regionally and globally. We need to work together to solve humanitarian problems arising from sectarianism and terrorism, which have been plaguing our region. Our countries should take the initiative in solving problems in the region, especially those in Syria and Iraq.

It is in the best interests of our countries to deepen political dialogue and minimize diverging opinions on this or that problem. I believe we will get immediate results by resolving all conflicts from within our region rather than from without. Being the region’s two important countries, we are aware of the responsibility that rests with us”.

After a third high-level meeting of the Cooperation Council, a joint statement was released emphasizing the importance of continuing political dialogue at all levels in addressing bilateral and regional problems.

The parties reached a consensus that organized crime, violent extremism, terrorism and sectarianism pose the most serious threat to regional and international peace and security.

The Declaration also focuses on preservation of Iraq and Syria’s political unity and territorial integrity. It also stresses the need to continue joint fight against terrorism through an effective mechanism of bilateral dialogue.