Ankara’s Ambassador to Tehran Derya Örs said on Sunday that Turkey is determined to enhance relations with Iran in all areas, highlighting that his country is resolute to bypass the US unilateral sanctions on Iran.
Örs told a host of international directors and deputies of Irainan universities in Tehran that Turkey is a country of peace and friendship, adding that Ankara is determined to get around US-imposed sanctions with expanding cooperation with Tehran.
He added that his coutry is currently having the best relations in the region with Iran in different areas of politics, economy, culture, society, and science.
“Iran and Turkey are two big and historic countries sharing huge commonalities, and we are ready to condone disagreemnts to further increase brotherly and friendly ties in diverse areas of scence,” the Turksih diplomat highlgihted.
“We have witnessed that Iran and Turkey have achieved huge accomplishments in the field of defense industries in the last decades, and we hold that these have been earned becuase of US sanctions,” he said, adding,“This is while that advanced cxopuntries do not supply us with the spre parts when they sell us a product, but we are supoosed to have defense independence and be independent of foreigners.”
“Many memoranda of understanding (MoUs) have been signed between universities of Iran and Turkey in the past couple of years, as a result we are hopeful of very good results,” he said, adding, “We are very satisified with having copperation on different areas with Iran and we do our best to further expand the level of communications.”
Late in December, Tehran and Ankara jointly denounced the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal of July 14, 2015, and said that Washington’s unilateral sanctions against Iran are destructive for the economy of the whole region.
Iran and Turkey agreed to step up their economic cooperation with the aim of reaching a $30-billion target set for their annual trade.
The agreement was reached at the 5th Meeting of High Council for Iran-Turkey Strategic Cooperation in Ankara chaired by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to a joint statement issued at the end of the event on Thursday.
They emphasized the need to promote the existing trade mechanisms between the two neighboring states so they could speed up efforts to increase the volume of their annual to the $30 billion target they had previously set.
The two sides further criticized Washington’s decision to scrap the 2015 multilateral deal on the Iranian nuclear program — officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — in defiance of UN Security Council resolution 2231, which has endorsed the international document.
They also expressed concerns over the unilateral sanctions that the US reinstated against Iran in the aftermath of its withdrawal from the JCPOA, saying the unfair restrictive measures could harm innocent people and leave a negative impact on regional economic relations.
Iran and Turkey also called for all-out efforts to protect the nuclear deal, which they hailed as the fruit of multilateral diplomacy on the world stage.
Iran and Turkey — which serve, together with Russia, as mediators of a peace process on Syria — reaffirmed their commitment to protecting the crisis-torn country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and political unity.
They praised the achievements of the peace process which has been underway between Syria’s warring parties in Astana, Kazakhstan, since January 2017, saying negotiations should continue in parallel with counter-terrorism battles in an effort to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in the Middle Eastern country.
Before leaving Tehran for Ankara, Iranian President Rouhani underlined that he plans to meet Turkish officials to discuss ways to boost the two countries’ trade ties up to $30bln.
Matters of mutual interest as well as regional and international developments would be on the agenda of talks between the two sides during the visit, Rouhani said in Tehran before leaving for Ankara.
Rouhani also said promotion of economic relations, including in the banking system, energy sector, oil and gas and transit, would be discussed and certain agreements would be signed during his visit.
He said efforts to increase bilateral annual trade from $10bln to $30bln would be among his top agenda of discussion.
Iran’s president, who is in Ankara to co-chair the 5th Turkey-Iran High Level Cooperation Council meeting, also hailed Turkey’s “firm” stance on unilateral US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
He said that Turkey, as friendly key regional player, was of high significance to Iran.
Back on May 8, US President Donald Trump announced that he would abandon the Iran nuclear deal, reached between Tehran and six world powers – the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany in 2015. He also announced that he would reinstate the sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to limit parts of its peaceful nuclear program in exchange for the removal of all nuclear-related sanctions.
In August, Trump ordered all nuclear-related sanctions that were removed under the deal to be reinstated immediately.
Turkish officials, including President Erdogan, have criticized the US for re-imposing its unilateral sanctions against Iran, stressing Ankara’s determination to keep economic ties with Tehran.