Iran, Turkey Seek Closer Ties

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TEHRAN - Iran and Turkey are seeking closer ties, according to FARS, Iran's state news agency.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met over the weekend to expand "bilateral and regional consultations" and "mutual cooperation in transportation, energy and investment," FARS reported.

In his remarks following the meeting, Mottaki said that legitimate struggle against occupation "should be excluded" from conventional definition of terrorism.

Mottaki "slammed the unilateral approach...in fighting terrorism," condemning "the terrorist acts by the Zionists, specially their recent crimes against the Muslim people of Palestine," saying that "Israeli actions set an example for terrorism," according to the Iranian news agency.

Meanwhile, in a separate posting, FARS reported that U.S. President Barack Obama offered Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a $2.5 billion deal on 20 new Boeing passenger airlines, with spare parts.

"Obama's messages for delivering these airplanes to Iran were sent after the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iran's president," FARS quoted an "informed source" as saying.

"The minimum price of these airplanes stands at $75 million and their maximum price is $120 million and their number is estimated at 20," the source said, claiming that the funds to purchase the aircraft is coming from "Iran's blocked assets in the U.S."

According to the report, the planes were manufactured in 2009 and are all "brand-new."

Source: FARS news agency

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