Senior Turkish official: conditions for Iran sanctions disappeared

The head of a Turkish parliamentary committee said, that if a resolution envisaging new sanctions on Iran would be voted, its timing would be wrong.

Senior Turkish official: conditions for Iran sanctions disappeared

The head of a Turkish parliamentary committee said on Tuesday that if a resolution envisaging new sanctions on Iran would be voted, its timing would be wrong.

Speaking to AA in Washington D.C., Murat Mercan, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Turkish parliament, commented on U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent remarks stating that five permanent members of the UN Security Council had "agreed" on a resolution in order to impose new sanctions on Iran.

"If such resolution would be put to vote, its timing would be wrong. Because, thanks to the agreement reached in Tehran, the conditions for an embargo and a new resolution have actually disappeared," Mercan said.

Mercan noted that if the resolution was a diplomatic step aiming at removing the unclear points in the agreement, then it had to be perceived "with tolerance".

"There is still a process ahead of us. There are things that Turkey can do and everybody can make certain contributions. I believe we should focus on those," he said.

Commenting on USA's stance on the agreement regarding Iran's uranium swap, Mercan said he expected USA to assess the issue in calmer way.

"One of the most important issues of recent years is going towards a solution. Therefore, I do not think these are right reactions," Mercan said.

Upon a question on whether the latest developments regarding Iran would harm Turkish-U.S. relations, Mercan said Turkey and USA had many cooperation areas in the Middle East, adding their different positions on such matter would not directly affect relations.


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