Zarif lashes out at Trump on sanctioning Turkey

IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message slammed US President Donald Trump’s act to sanction Turkey.

‘Trump’s jubilation in inflicting economic hardship on its NATO ally Turkey is shameful,’ Zarif wrote in his Twitter account on Saturday.

‘The US has to rehabilitate its addiction to sanctions & bullying or entire world will unite—beyond verbal condemnations—to force it to,’ he added.

‘We’ve stood with neighbors before, and will again now,’ he reiterated.

According to Turkish media ‘Daily Sabah’, “the US Treasury on earlier issued sanctions against Turkish officials including Minister of Justice Abdülhamit Gül and Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu in retaliation for Turkey’s detainment of terror-linked US pastor Andrew Brunson.

‘As a result of these actions, any property, or interest in property, of both Turkey’s Minister of Justice Abdülhamit Gül and Turkey’s Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu within US jurisdiction is blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them, US Treasury announced in a statement.