Official: Iranian, Turkish Ports to Expand Mutual Cooperation

Official: Iranian, Turkish Ports to Expand Mutual Cooperation

Two cooperation deals between Bushehr and the Turkish city of Mersin have been concluded, head of Bushehr Chamber of Commerce Ali Akbar Sharifpour announced in Ankara on Friday.

The deal was signed by the heads of the two provincial chambers of commerce to promote cooperation in the fields of commerce and economy, Sharifpour added.

Based on the deal, the two sides agreed to take part in each others' exhibitions, he said.

Mersin is a large port city lied on the Mediterranean coast of Southern Turkey.

Iran and Turkey have recently expanded their bilateral relations, especially in trade and energy fields. Trade between Turkey and Iran has risen sharply over the past decade.

Iran-Turkey trade value stood at $20 billion in 2012.

Also, Turkey was Iran's fifth-largest oil customer in 2011, buying around 200,000 barrels per day, 30 percent of its total imports and more than 7 percent of Iran's oil exports.

The two countries officials stressed the necessity for stronger relations and pursuing the planned increase of mutual trade to $30bln by 2015.


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