Turkey's FM says Western sanctions halt more Iran trade ties

Davutoglu said that Turkey in principle opposed to imposition of sanctions to any country.

Turkey's FM says Western sanctions halt more Iran trade ties

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday that Turkey in principle opposed to imposition of sanctions to any country.

Speaking to a group of journalists in Istanbul, Davutoglu said all parties, particularly the western countries making demands from Iran, entered into the period to harmonize with the new situation following Monday's deal on uranium swap.

Foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Brazil signed a deal on Monday where Iran committed to give the 1200kg of 3.5% enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20% enriched uranium it will receive from Western countries to be used as fuel in the nuclear research reactor in Tehran. Tehran will receive the enriched uranium from the Vienna Group, comprising of the U.S., France, Russia and International Atomic Energy Agency, in Turkey.

Asked if the goal was to put an end to the sanctions, Davutoglu said, "no, the goal was to ensure confidence atmosphere. The sanctions do not have psychological ground anymore."

Davutoglu underlined that there was not a common stance in international community and permanent members of the UN Security Council to carry the sanctions on Iran too far.

Davutoglu said Turkey in principle opposed to sanctions, indicating that normalisation process with Armenia was a part of this principle. He said Turkey would also be damaged in case sanctions on Iran are broadened.

"I can not remain as spectator in case a sanction is brought onto agenda against my neighbor. I am not interested in a probable threat Iran may pose after 10 years. I am interested in Turkey's improvement in economic area," he said.

Davutoglu said the worst probability in this process would be the statements that would come from Iranian and western leaders that would provoke the public, "road accident may occur at that point", he said.

Turkish foreign minister said, "we base on restoration of peace and stability," indicating that trade volume between Turkey and Iran may amount to 30-40 billion USD if the sanctions did not exist.

Davutoglu said Turkey was delayed on nuclear energy, noting he assessed with the Turkish Energy Minister to meet the deficiencies on this matter. He said Turkey needed energy.


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