News ID: 252101
Published: 1021 GMT April 29, 2019

Iran’s deputy FM due in Ankara tomorrow

Iran’s deputy FM due in Ankara tomorrow

National Desk

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi is scheduled to visit Turkey’s capital Ankara tomorrow.

Araqchi will meet with his Turkish counterpart Sedat Önal to discuss bilateral relations, latest regional and international developments, according to a statement by Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Araqchi’s visit to Turkey comes after a visit by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Turkey on April 17.

The talks come amid the US pressure on Iran’s oil buyers, including Turkey, to end imports from Iran.

The US reimposed sanctions in November on exports of Iranian oil after President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers last year.

Along with sanctions, Washington has granted waivers to eight economies that had reduced their purchases of Iranian oil, allowing them to continue buying it without incurring sanctions for six more months. They were China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Italy and Greece.

On April 22, the Trump administration told five countries – Japan, South Korea, Turkey, China and India – that they would no longer be exempt from US sanctions if they continued to import oil from Iran after their waivers ended on May 2.

Turkey slammed the US decision, saying it would not serve regional peace and stability, its foreign minister said.

“We do not accept unilateral sanctions and impositions on how we build our relationship with our neighbors,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter.


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