Erdogan slams US Iran sanctions, vows to boost ties to Tehran

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.”

— AP

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