Turkey’s president has again criticized US sanctions on Iran and vows to continue to cooperate with Tehran.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes the comments at a joint news conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Erdogan says Turkey aims to increase bilateral trade with Iran to $30 billion from the current $11 billion.
US President Donald Trump pulled America out of the 2015 nuclear deal Iran struck with world powers in May and re-imposed sanctions. Turkey was among the US allies allowed to continue purchasing Iranian oil as long as they work to reduce imports.
Erdogan says: “The US [sanctions] put regional safety and stability into danger and we do not support them.”
He adds: “We will continue to stand by the brotherly Iranian people.”