Iranian Vice - President for Parliamentary Affairs Lotfollah Forouzandeh and member of Turkey - Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group Yousef Khalaj Oghlou called for closer interaction between Tehran and Ankara for resolving regional problems. During the meeting held in Ankara, Oghlou stated that the two countries' interaction and friendship will help resolve Middle East issues. Stressing that arrogant powers are pursuing evil goals in the region due to the Middle East's rich resources, the Turkish lawmaker called on Tehran and Ankara to join together in a bid to prevent materialization of conspiracies hatched by arrogant powers. Forouzandeh, for his part, said that bilateral talks indicated that the two countries share many identical views regarding regional and international issues. Mutual cooperation will help promote peace and stability in the region and maintain regional countries' territorial integrity, he contended. Tehran and Ankara have recently expanded their bilateral relations, especially in trade and energy fields. Trade between Turkey and Iran has risen sharply over the past decade. Iran-Turkey trade value exceeded $22bln in 2012.