Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

'Strong Tehran means strong Ankara': Turkey vows to maintain trade with Iran

'Strong Tehran means strong Ankara': Turkey vows to maintain trade with Iran

"It is an opportunity for Turkey".

Turkish president on Thursday said he does not view US withdrawal from Iranian nuclear deal as the "right" decision, according to Turkish presidential sources. Trump also announced that he would re-impose USA sanctions on the country.

But he said that if there are United Nations decisions related to Iran's nuclear activities and other issues, "of course" trade would continue "complying with them".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on his way to Britain where he will meet Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday.

Turkey will continue to trade with Iran without violating the requirements of the UN, Turkey's Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said.

He described the JCPOA as a seven-party agreement approved by the United Nations, adding "unfortunately, the U.S. government unilaterally withdrew from this worldwide agreement, and we expect all world leaders to condemn this move".

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Relations between Turkey and the United States are strained over multiple issues including Washington's support for Syrian Kurdish militia which Turkey views as terrorists and the continued imprisonment of an American pastor in Turkey.

The 2015 deal had placed unprecedented restrictions on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief.

The US will be on the losing side in terms of the Iran nuclear deal because it did not adhere to the agreement, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Wednesday, as he criticized the USA decision to withdraw from the agreement, APA reported citing Daily Sabah.

Ankara has been working closely with Moscow and Tehran over the past year on the Syrian peace process despite being on opposing sides of the conflict and having a sometimes troubled relationship with Iran.

Erdogan on Thursday held a telephone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during which the Turkish leader reiterated Turkey's commitment to JCPOA (the formal abbreviation for the accord).

In an April 2017 referendum, Turkish voters approved the switch from a parliamentary system to a presidential one.

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