TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Volkan Bozkir said his country is determined to continue its support for neighboring Iran in the era of US sanctions.
“We have always supported the abolition of sanctions against Iran and we want the country to be in its proper place on the international stage so that it can use its capabilities and capacities,” Bozkir said at a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Mohammad Farazmand.
“We believe that US sanctions against Iran are a wrong move and will not yield any result,” he added.
Turkey’s relationship with Iran is far beyond the neighborly ties, the Turkish lawmaker went on to say.
Farazmand, for his part, expressed his gratitude to Turkey for its stance against the US sanctions.
Tehran and Ankara have ramped up efforts in recent years to boost bilateral trade, setting a $30-billion annual trade target and signing several agreements to enhance cooperation in various areas.
Turkey is one of Iran’s major trading partners in the region which has come under pressure from Washington to stop working with Tehran under a fresh wave of US anti-Iran sanctions.
Turkey has emphasized that the US demands to stop purchasing oil and gas from Iran would go unheeded by Ankara.