Turkey's FM Meets Iranian Counterpart To Expand Ties

Agencies (Qasioun) – The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says his country is resolved to expand ties with Iran despite US threats to punish governments that violate recently-restored economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.


“Time and again we have made it clear that we will not implement US sanctions against Iran,” Cvusoglu said as he met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s special envoy, Mahmoud Vaezi, in Ankara on Thursday.


Before their meeting, Vaezi met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and delivered a message from Rouhani.


Trump decided in May to abandon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a landmark nuclear deal signed in 2015 between Iran and six world powers – the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany.


Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez said Wednesday that Ankara would continue to buy gas from Iran under a long-term supply deal between the two neighbors.


The minister said he was going to raise the issue of “unilateral” sanctions and their effect on Turkey’s energy imports with American officials in upcoming talks in Washington.


“We adopted the United Nations sanctions on Iran in the past. Even the European Union is extremely annoyed by today’s situation. We are conducting legitimate trade here, which is of great importance in terms of supply security,” he said.


Turkey imports almost all of its energy needs and Iran is one of the biggest suppliers of natural gas and oil to the country.


Source: Press TV