Turkey and Iran will, hand-in-hand, overcome US economic pressures, said the new Turkish ambassador to Tehran.
Giving a news conference in the Iranian capital on Wednesday, Derya Örs added today, the US, on different pretexts, places any country [it desires] under pressures, seeking to use them as a lever to achieve its goals.
The ambassador added, “Today, despite being under economic pressures and invisible sanctions, Turkey is withstanding them.”
He stressed that Turkey always prioritizes its neighbors, noting that Ankara has proven that it views Tehran as a priority by voting in favor of Iran when the country’s nuclear case was referred to the United Nations Security Council.
Örs said Turkey has always refrained from abiding by sanctions against Iran, saying it will never bow to such demands.
Commenting on the recent US decision to put Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on its blacklist of foreign terrorist organizations, he recalled, “We condemned the move, as it is never possible to call terrorist a country’s armed forces.”
Shifting to Iran-Turkey-Russia talks on Syria in the Kazakh capital of Astana, the envoy described the meetings as fruitful.
Efforts are underway to work out a peaceful solution to the issue, he said.
“We seek to [help] protect Syria’s political and territorial integrity and normalize the situation in the country.”
He said Turkey and Iran have always had close and good relations, particularly in the past two decades since Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been present in the country’s political scene as prime minister and president.
“When beset with problems, Turkey and Iran have always stood by each other. Today, the two countries’ political determination for expanding bilateral relations is quite evident.”
Turkey and Iran share numerous religious, cultural and social commonalities, he said, adding the large number of similarities between the two states outnumber their minor differences.
The ambassador said the two countries need to use their commonalities to improve their ties and cooperation.
Describing his country’s economy as a predominantly private one, he said the Turkish government plays mostly a supervisory role in the financial system.