جمعه ۶ اسفند ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۰۲:۵۳
In his upcoming visit to Tehran, the Turkish Prime Minister will discuss Kurdish dissidents, price of Iran’s gas, and a contract with a Turkish concern to run Tehran’s new international airport. July 25, 2004 - Tehran’s new International Airport and Iran’s gas exports to Turkey are of interest to both sides and will be discussed during a visit to Tehran later this week by Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters.
The visit was announced after transportation minister Ahmad Kharram said the new Tehran international airport will be reopened in mid-August and the management contract with Turkish-Austrian company Tepe-Akfen-Vie (TAV) will l be honored.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps forcibly shut down the airport on May 8 after just one flight landed. IRGC charged that the airport’s contract with a foreign company endangered Iran’s security.
There have also been recent signs that the two, which have large ethnic Kurdish minorities, have been cooperating in fighting rebels from the former Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), now known as Kongra-Gel, Agence France Presse says in a dispatch from Tehran.
“Turkey and Iran have in recent years intensified cooperation on security matters, including against the former PKK, after a chilly period during which the two sides accused each other of sheltering their respective dissidents,” AFP adds.