Turk­ish en­voy calls US sanc­tions on Iran un­wise, dan­ger­ous

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TURKEY’S top diplo­mat on Tues­day crit­i­cized the U.S. re­sump­tion of sanc­tions on Iran as uni­lat­eral, not wise and dan­ger­ous, call­ing for a di­a­logue and en­gage­ment in­stead.

Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu, in Tokyo for talks with Ja­pa­nese lead­ers, told re­porters that Turkey op­poses sanc­tions be­cause they don’t achieve re­sults.

“As a prin­ci­ple Turkey is against sanc­tions and we don’t be­lieve that any re­sult can be achieved through sanc­tions,” he said. “Cor­ner­ing is not wise, iso­lat­ing Iran is dan­ger­ous and pun­ish­ing the Ira­nian peo­ple is not fair.”

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­sump­tion of sanc­tions on Iran took ef­fect Mon­day.

Turkey is an U.S. ally and one of eight ma­jor im­porters of Ira­nian oil spared tem­po­rar­ily from im­me­di­ate penal­ties.

Still, Turkey has to be frank with the US about its op­po­si­tion. The US “uni­lat­eral” mea­sure af­fects the world, in­clud­ing Turkey, one-third of whose gas im­ports come from Iran, he said, and urged Wash­ing­ton to find other rea­son­able so­lu­tions. “I think in­stead of sanc­tions, mean­ing­ful di­a­logue and en­gage­ment is much use­ful and this is our prin­ci­ple.”

Cavu­soglu also urged Saudi Ara­bia to fully co­op­er­ate in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the killing of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi in the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul last month, de­mand­ing the coun­try lo­cate his miss­ing body and hand over sus­pected col­lab­o­ra­tors.

Turkey is de­ter­mined to get to the bot­tom of the case and Saudi Ara­bia hasn’t an­swered the key ques­tions, he said. “We have to find out how it hap­pened, who did it and who gave the in­struc­tions, and we also have to find the body of the jour­nal­ist Khashoggi.”

Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan has said in a re­cent op-ed in The Wash­ing­ton Post that the or­der for the jour­nal­ist killing came from the high­est level of the Saudi gov­ern­ment but not King Sal­man. –

Photo: AP

Turkey’s For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu at­tends a press con­fer­ence on Tues­day in Tokyo.

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