News ID: 252109
Published: 0320 GMT April 29, 2019

Turkey: US unilateral sanctions unable to damage Ankara-Tehran ties

Turkey: US unilateral sanctions unable to damage Ankara-Tehran ties

Turkish Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Mehmet Cahit Turhan said on Monday that Washington's unilateral sanctions against Tehran will be ineffective in harming the close ties between Iran and Turkey.

Turhan said that the US unilateral sanctions will be of little impact on Tehran-Ankara ties, considering the international law and the legal norms in the world, reported Fars News Agency.

He made the remarks at a joint presser with Iranian Roads and Urban Development Minister Mohammad Eslami, concluding the eighth joint transportation commission of Iran and Turkey.

“We are delighted to witness growth of framework of international cooperation between Iran and Turkey,” the Turkish minister added.

“The two countries are both determined to expand cooperation and reciprocally bolster their national interests,” Turhan underlined.

He said during the summit between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the two sides reached many agreements and the two presidents tasked their cabinet members to follow up the implementation of the decisions and further cement bilateral relations in all areas.

Eslami, for his part, said that the holding of the joint commission after seven years reflects a special message that the two countries’ leaders are determined to further broaden bilateral relations in all areas.

He added that during the joint commission, the two sides agreed to launch a passenger train between Tehran and Ankara, and to later activate trilateral corridor between Islamabad, Tehran, and Istanbul.

Iran and Turkey have agreed to step up their economic cooperation with the aim of reaching a $30-billion target set for their annual trade.

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