Aug 11, 2018 21:00 Asia/Tehran
  • Iran supports Turkey against US sanctions

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said, Iran voices full support for Turkey against US sanctions

IranPress/Iran: Iran has always been ready to support the country, people and government of Turkey,” Ghasemi added.

Bahram Ghasemi said,“Others cannot bend nations to their will with the use of force and threats,”

He also said,“First of all, I'd like to express my disappointment with the behavior of [US] president whose utmost happiness is to sit in his office and deliver blows to the economy of another country on this side of the world, and to set figures and dates to lower the value of the national currency of that country,” 

Ghasemi expressed hope that wisdom and reason return to our world and the relations between the countries will be based on rationality, tactfulness, and good will.

“I have a message for our neighbor: you are not alone and don’t feel isolated. We will always on your side and provide you with any help within our power,” he stressed.

“The reality of neighborliness is an important issue and without it, it will be impossible to achieve stability, security and peace in the region,” said the Iranian diplomat.

Earlier on Saturday,Mohammad Javad Zarif said,“Trump's jubilation in inflicting economic hardship on its NATO ally Turkey is shameful,“ 

Warning The US administration about the consequences of its hostile economic policiesm  said Zarif,“The US has to rehabilitate its addiction to sanctions and bullying or entire world will unite—beyond verbal condemnations—to force it to".

At the end, Zarif promises Turkey that Iran will support the neighboring country in the face of the US sanctions, saying “we’ve stood with neighbors before, and will again now.”

US President Donald Trump has escalated pressure on Turkey, a NATO ally, since last month when a court in Turkey placed American pastor Andrew Brunson under house arrest after 21 months in prison.

Recently, the White House announced that it was imposing sanctions on Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. The sanctions involve freezing any property or assets on the US soil held by the two ministers. The sanctions also prevent American citizens from doing any business with the two ministers.

Meanwhile  Erdogan had earlier  asserted that Turkey does not “give credit for using such threatening language."

Brunson, who ran a small church in Turkey for more than 20 years, was arrested in December 2016 over allegations of having helped a group that Ankara says was behind a failed military coup in July 2016.  


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