Iran has good relations with Turkey: Tehran

Hurriyet Daily News – Iran has good relations with Turkey, Iranian Defense Minister General Amir Hatami said on Aug. 19.

Speaking to the state television, Hatami said his country’s relations with Turkey, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Pakistan are based on “brotherhood and honesty.”

He said he has visited several countries recently, describing the results of his visits as “positive”.

On August 7, the U.S. re-imposed a first round of economic sanctions on Iran, which mainly target the country’s banking sector.

The sanctions are intended to hinder Tehran’s acquisition of U.S. currency; its precious metals trade; bank transactions denominated in the

Iranian rial; activities related to Iran’s sovereign debt; and the country’s automotive sector.

Earlier this month, Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez said trade between Turkey and Iran will continue as part of a long-term bilateral contract, which is set to run until 2026.