To: 07/19/2022 16:34
Kremlin leader Putin has arrived in Tehran for a summit meeting with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts. Beforehand, they explored how they can work together – it’s not just about trading.
Relations are good, but they could be even better. The statements of the Iranian and Turkish presidents, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ebrahim Raisi, at the end of their bilateral talks can be summed up as follows.
Above all, there is clearly room for improvement in trade between us, says Raisi: “We imagine that we will trade between our countries at 30 billion US dollars. This would be a tripling of the current volume.
Erdogan even speaks of four times more than before. More recently, companies had suffered from the Corona crisis. To achieve their goals, Iran and Turkey have signed a number of closer cooperation treaties, including some specifically related to small and medium enterprises.
Erdogan: “A better future”
Erdogan speaks of a better future in Turkish-Iranian relations. The talks “would bring new impetus to our relations”.
This momentum, at least for Iran, is not just about the economy. On the contrary, the increased cooperation between the two countries is the basis for better overall relations – including political ones – Raisi said: “Good economic relations between the two countries can lead to good relations overall. Two powerful countries like Iran and Turkey can be regionally and internationally responsible for security.
Security is a key word for Erdogan. He comes to his main subject: terrorism. And tries to set the tone for the next tripartite talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the evening.
This takes place in the so-called Astana format, in which the three countries are linked in relation to Syria. There, Russia and Iran are on the side of leader Bashar al-Assad, and Turkey is on the side of the opposition.
Ahead of his new military action planned in northern Syria, Erdogan would like the agreement of Russia and Iran. And he puts things in place verbally: “It doesn’t matter in which country the terrorists are active – they are a problem for all affected countries. That is why we must continue to act against them in solidarity.”
But he can’t count on a yes tonight. Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said after his conversation with Erdogan that any attack in northern Syria would only help the terrorists. Incidentally, the United States sees it the same way. Or to put it another way: Erdogan has so far been alone with his plans for northern Syria.
Putin could benefit most from meetings
According to Iranian observer Amin Montagzeri, the winner of today’s meeting in Tehran has already been determined, regardless of the other results: Putin.
A few days after US President Joe Biden’s visit to the region, he sent a clear signal to the world: “Look, you imposed sanctions on Russia, you tried to isolate it. But look: this is not not Russia!”
Tripartite meeting in Tehran – Iran and Turkey strengthen their relations
Uwe Lueb, ARD Istanbul, July 19, 2022 at 3:36 p.m.