Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday received Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reported CINVU. President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Supreme Leader's Advisor for Internatioanl Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati and Turkish Foreign Minster Mevlut Cavusoglu were present in the meeting.
The Leader said that regional countries will not benefit from trusting the West and the US, adding that all can clearly see the outcome of the measures taken by the West in the region which is to the detriment of the region and Islam. The Leader further stressed the need for the expansion of relations between Iran and Turkey, adding, “The strength of every Muslim country is, indeed, the strength of the Islamic world and the policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is that the Islamic countries should strengthen each other.”
Ayatollah Khamenei then pointed to the phenomenon of the “Islamic awakening” and the insatiable thirst of the nations for Islam as main reasons for the rising sensitivity of the enemies, saying “For a while now, the enemies of Islam have launched their counterattack against this awakening and the unfortunate reality is that some Muslim governments are betraying (the others) and put their money and facilities at the service of the enemy.”
The Turkish president, for his part, emphasized the need for the Islamic world to stand on its feet in resolving the existing problems, saying “There are many problems in the region which we should resolve together and one should not wait for the West to resolve these problems.” Erdogan also condemned the crimes and atrocities committed by ISIL terrorist group, saying he doesn’t recognize the Takfiri group as Muslims, Press TV reported.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, Erdogan arrived in Tehran earlier in the day on an official one-day visit to hold talks with senior statesmen of the Islamic Republic. The Turkish president also held talks with the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran’s Sa’daabad Complex. Expansion of relations and cooperation between Iran and Turkey along with regional and global .developments were on agenda of the meeting