Turkey Hopeful US Will Extend Waiver On Iran Sanctions
Sumaira FH 2 days ago Wed 17th April 2019 | 01:55 AM
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Apr, 2019 ) :Turkey voiced hope Tuesday that the United States will extend an exemption in sanctions to allow it to keep buying oil from Iran, despite tensions between the allies on multiple fronts.
Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak met President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday and discussed the range of disagreements including Ankara's major weapons purchase from Russia, said Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"It was a positive meeting overall," Kalin told reporters in Washington.
Kalin said Turkey had reduced its imports from Iran despite disagreeing with the US sanctions, which Trump imposed unilaterally after pulling out of an international accord under which Tehran drastically scaled back its nuclear program.
"We want to maintain good relations with Iran and we believe that the way to deal with Iran is more engagement rather than more sanctions." Relations between the United States and Turkey deteriorated after the NATO ally said it would buy the S-400 missile defense system from the alliance's main nemesis Russia.
"When you consider the airspace in the region, it should be very easy for Russians to gain access to that sensitive data already," Kalin said.
"If they are waiting for Turkey to install these S-400s in Turkey to get that information, that wouldn't make sense."Kalin was in Washington to participate in a conference of the American-Turkish Council, a business group, at the Trump International Hotel.