|Iran seeking to eliminate pretexts for sanctions: Zarif||
TEHRAN – Iran is making efforts to eliminate the pretexts that the West has been using over the past years to impose sanctions on the country, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday.
“Our efforts during the negotiations would be aimed at reaching a framework to eliminate any pretext for the sanctions,” Zarif said during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu, in Ankara in reference to the upcoming negotiations between Iran and world powers over the country’s nuclear program.
“It is necessary that both sides think of ways to reach a solution rather than ways to exert pressure on the people,” he noted.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian foreign minister commented on trade ties between the two countries, saying that Tehran and Ankara should not allow their cooperation to be negatively affected by foreign interference.
The Turkish foreign minister, for his part, said that Turkey is determined to expand relations with the Islamic Republic, adding, “Ten years ago, the volume of trade between the two countries was $2.5 billion but it reached $22 billion in the past year.”
The value of annual trade between Iran and Turkey can reach $100 billion in the future if the sanctions against Iran are removed, Davutoglu added.
He also announced that he would visit Iran on November 25 and 26 and that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would make a trip to Tehran in January.
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