Turkish foreign minister slams ‘unjust’ US sanctions against Iran
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says sanctions imposed on Iran are ‘unjust’, calling for an end to the unilateral measures adopted by the United States after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement.
According to Press TV, Cavusoglu made the remarks during a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran on Monday.
In an apparent reference to the United States, he urged those who quit the 2015 nuclear agreement, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to return to the deal and remove the unilateral sanctions they imposed on Iran.
Turkey’s top diplomat also expressed hope that the sanctions removal negotiations – scheduled to resume in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on November 29 after a five-month hiatus – would be successful.
Elsewhere in his Monday remarks, Cavusoglu hailed as “promising” the rise in the volume of trade between Turkey and Iran, which, he said, increased by 71 percent this year, but the minister also stressed that “We are very far from our goals,” calling for more actions to be taken to promote bilateral trade relations.
Cavusoglu said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would pay a visit to Tehran before the end of 2021, adding that the visit aimed to strengthen mutual cooperation.
For his part, Amir-Abdollahian said that the two countries have agreed to build a new long-term roadmap of cooperation, and expressed hope that it would be inked during Erdogan’s upcoming trip to Iran.
He stated that during the Monday meeting, the two foreign ministers exchanged views on ways to enhance Tehran-Ankara relations, describing the meeting as fruitful.
Referring to existing trade barriers between the two countries, Amir-Abdollahian said necessary measures would be taken to remove those obstacles.
The Iranian minister also noted that the meeting discussed other international and regional issues, including the situation in Afghanistan, and stressed the importance of maintaining security in West Asia.
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