In a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Iran's Foreign Minister discussed the latest developments in Tehran-Ankara ties, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The latest developments in Afghanistan, holding the Astana summit, the 7th strategic meeting between Iran and Turkey, and visits by high-ranking officials of the two countries were among other issues discussed by Hossein Amir Abdollahian and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

The top Iranian diplomat expressed concern over a surge in terrorist attacks on worshippers in Afghanistan, saying that the Muslim countries are expected to play a more active role in this regard.

Amir Abdollahian described next week’s meeting of Afghanistan’s neighbors in Tehran as an opportunity for the countries to exchange views on ways of paving the way for a stable Afghanistan which would be free of terrorism and violence to fulfill the will of the Afghan people.

Amir Abdollahian reaffirmed Iran’s policy to support the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of neighboring countries and to not let ill-wishers plot to disrupt relations between neighbors.

For his part, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu expressed worry over the rise in terror attacks in Afghanistan.

The Turkish foreign minister underlined the need for taking practical measures to prevent terrorist activities, to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan, and to consolidate efforts to step up the fight against terrorist groups like Daesh.

Çavuşoğlu added that all neighbors of Afghanistan should help with the battle against terrorism.

The two foreign ministers highlighted the importance of the Economic Cooperation Organization summit for strengthening regional cooperation.

Amir Abdollahian and Çavuşoğlu emphasized the need for continued consultations between Tehran and Ankara and also for visits by officials of the two countries for discussions on issues of mutual interest.

During the telephone conversation, the Iranian foreign minister gave his Turkish counterpart the latest regarding talks aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal.