kingdom of Saudi arabia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Communication and Media Center Ministry News The Ministry's News Foreign Minister Interview with One On One Express, TRT World Foreign Minister Interview with One On One Express, TRT World Last updated: 2/9/2017 10:26 PM Page Image Image Caption Page Content Members of the Turkish Saudi coordination team council have been meeting looking at a place to take the relationship between the two countries to a new level they will be working in different sectors from education to defense cooperation but there are a number of challenges what are those we talked to Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-JubeirPresenter: First, some very ambitious projects Saudi Arabia and Turkey are working on can you shed some light on the sort of projects and the sort of targets the two countries have in mind.Foreign Minister: Today we signed a very ambitious program as you said we have had almost 200 officials from both governments working on various projects ranges from security, military, cooperation, political consultations, consular issues, visas, constituent's affairs, health, education, information, agriculture, trade and taxes very ambitious agenda. The objective is to take the very strong strategic and historic ties between the two countries and bring them to an even higher level and institutionalize them in a way where we can increase bilateral trade, increase bilateral investment increase cooperation in areas whether it is security, whether its counterterrorism, whether its military so that we can serve the interest of both our peoples and our two nations.Presenter: now Saudi Arabia and Turkey have expressed concern about the humanitarian crisis in Syria according to you an over 400 people dead, but it seems the Astana process for example seems to be granting legitimacy to basher Al Assad regime what Saudi Arabia road map and can there be a solution without Bashar Al Assad does he have to go or is that offered on the table.Foreign Minister: we have a common position with Turkey on this issue, the Astana talks were technical talks designed to put in place a seize fire and to allow humanitarian affairs to access nationwide and this is something we all want. The next step is to resume the talks under the UN umbrella in Geneva on the basis of the Geneva 1 declaration and Security council resolution 2254 so that we can have interim governing council and a political solution so Syria can moves towards a new future in which Syrian people can decide their own destiny, we both believe in a unified Syria, in the Syria that is Democratic, in the Syria that is in which people take their own destiny in to their own hands and in the Syria in which there is equality, if there will be a transition period there will be no Syria. I don't believe that a man who is responsible for the murder of almost 500,000 people and the displacement of 12 million people or more and the distraction of a country, I don't believe he has a legitimacy to continue to lead the nation.Presenter: now you have spoken of Iran middling in the region's affairs and also interfering in the affairs of other states considering the political dynamics is changing for the change of administrations for example the United States, do you feel that strategic calculus to change is Iran Likely to perhaps shun some of its policies off which are perceived to be expansionist? Foreign Minister: We hope that Iran will abide by the International norms and behaviors, will abide by International Law, will abide by principle of good neighboring and noninterference in the affairs of the other countries, we hope that Iran will stop supporting terrorism and stalking the flames of sectarianism, we know that Iran is the world’s chief state sponsor of Terrorism, they are responsible for setting up groups like Hezbollah and Shia militias in Syria in Iraq in Pakistan and Afghanistan, they are known to have assassinated diplomats and blown up embassies, where ever we look in the region we find Iran’s various activities and Iran’s aggressive behaviors and that must stop if Iran wants to be treated like a normal nation. At the end of the day Iran is a neighboring country with a great civilization and a great people and we look forward to having the best of ties with Iran, but not if it continues to be the world’s chief sponsor or terror not if continues to violate international laws and norms and principles by interfering in the affairs of other countries.Presenter: Now there is a common perception in many policies that goes in the middle east that some of the policies of Obama administration towards Iran encouraged what people called Iranian expansionist designs and also sort of destabilized the region further, what sort of expectation do you have for the new administration in the US? the Minister: We are very optimistic about the new administration president, Trump has said he wants to restore America's role in the world and we support this as to all of America’s allies, he has said that he wants to defeat Daesh, we and all of America’s allies in the region want to do that. He has said that he will deter and contain Iran and push back against the mischief it causing we have been saying this for years he has said that he will restore and rebuild America’s relationship with its traditional allies, we support this very much. He has appointed very distinguished individuals in his cabinet and so we look forward to working with him for the sake of security and peace and stability in the middle east and then the world.Presenter: Thank you very much indeed for talking to TRT World.Foreign Minister: Thank you, I appreciate it.