Turkey not to enforce anti-Iran sanctions: Turkish FM
Turkish foreign minister said that his country will not implement the US' anti-Iranian sanctions.
Iran Press/Asia: As quoted by IRNA news agency Turkey has explicitly declared that it will not enforce the US' anti-Iran sanctions, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in a meeting with Head of Iran Presidential Office Mahmoud Vaezi on Thursday Aug 9,2018 .
The Turkish official praised Iran's stance on various issues, including the US' pull out from the nuclear deal, known also as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
During the meeting, head of Iran Presidential Office welcomed development of ties with Turkey and noted that the two countries' heads of state have drawn a good roadmap for reaching the 30 billion dollar trade target.
The European countries and the European Union (EU) are committed to save the JCPOA and have offered a package of proposals to Iran in oil and banking fields, Vaezi noted.
The two sides discussed bilateral issues and expansion of the two-way ties.
Vaezi, who is in Ankara to convey the message of President Rouhani to Turkish counterpart Recep Teyyip Erdogan, told IRNA upon arrival in Turkey that both US' sanctions on Iran and on two Turkish ministers have not been welcomed in the region and globally.
He said the new US government approach to global issues is unacceptable to the world public opinion.
He added that a government in the US thinks that what it says should be heeded by other countries and such a method is not acceptable by nations and governments.
Earlier on July 25,2018 ,Turkey’s foreign minister had said his country disagreed with US anti-Iran sanctions and did not have to implement them.
Mevlut Chavushoglu said that Turkey has no replacement for its oil and gas imports from Iran.
The top Turkish diplomat added Ankara openly communicated its stance to the US delegation that visited Turkey earlier.
Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015, and that he planned to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on Tehran. The US later asked other countries to cut to zero all oil imports from Iran.
The US administration is pressing Saudi Arabia and some other OPEC members to fill in any supply gap that will arise when US sanctions curtail Iranian crude exports. However, speculations have already been emerging that cutting off Iran’s oil supplies without creating new tensions in markets is easier said than done.
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