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US should change its mind on Iran sanctions: Turkey

Turkish foreign minister says Turkey wants to extend period it is exempt from US' Iran sanctions

S.Ahmet Aytac   | 02.03.2019
US should change its mind on Iran sanctions: Turkey Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu

BURSA, Turkey  

Turkey is looking for the U.S. to change its mind about Iran sanctions, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Saturday.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mevlut Cavusoglu emphasized the importance of economic ties between countries.

“The Iran sanctions affect us, but through constant efforts, we became one of the countries exempted. This was initially done through May, but we're trying to extend that period,” he said.

“We’re working hard for the U.S. to change this decision. We’re not alone. EU members and other European countries agreed with us,” he added.

He also said Turkey has signed free trade pacts with 20 countries and that negotiations with 17 others continue.

The U.S. last August re-imposed one round of economic sanctions on Iran, mainly targeting the country’s banking sector.

In November, Washington imposed a second round of sanctions, targeting Iran’s energy sector.

Washington has exempted eight countries from the sanctions on Iran, including Turkey.

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