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Cavusoglu warns that its dangerous to isolate Iran

Turkey foreign minister criticized on Tuesday the U.S. renewal of sanctions on Iran’s oil and shipping industries, saying it was dangerous to isolate Iran and unfair to punish its people

Nov 06

10:13
2018

Turkey foreign minister criticized on Tuesday the U.S. renewal of sanctions on Iran’s oil and shipping industries, saying it was dangerous to isolate Iran and unfair to punish its people.

Mevlut Cavusoglu’s comments to reporters in Japan came a day after Washington reimposed sanctions, abandoning a 2015 deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program, while temporarily allowing major customers including Turkey to keep buying crude from the Islamic Republic.

“We do not believe any result can be reached with sanctions. I think meaningful dialogue and talks are more useful than sanctions,” he said.

Turkey depends heavily on imports to meet its energy needs and neighboring Iran has been one of its main sources of oil because of its proximity, crude quality and favorable price differentials, traders say. Cavusoglu also said it was not that easy for countries including Turkey and Japan to diversify energy resources to comply with the sanctions.

“Not only neighboring countries but many countries from many regions of the world are being impacted by these unilateral sanctions.”