Destination remains obscure for Iran oil tanker sought by US

Iran said the oil on the Adrian Darya had been sold to an unnamed buyer. (AP) August 31, 2019 An Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. on Friday again listed its destination as Turkey but the foreign minister added to the confusion by saying the vessel is headed to Lebanon — statements [...]

By |August 31st, 2019|Europe, Lebanon, Turkey|

Allegations of Iranian cash smuggling stir up Turkish parliament

Iranian and U.S. banknotes are on display at a currency exchange shop in downtown Tehran, April 4, 2015. (AP) By Aykan Erdemir August 19, 2019 Recent contradictory statements by Turkish officials concerning the fate of a Libyan aircraft suspected of smuggling Iranian cash in 2014 have reignited debate in the Turkish parliament over whether the Islamist [...]

By |August 19th, 2019|Turkey|

Turkey stops fueling IranAir jets

An IranAir Airbus A321 with the description ''The Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran. (Reuters) August 8, 2019 Iran announced on Wednesday that Turkish airports were refusing to supply fuel to Iranian airplanes. CEO of IranAir, Touraj Zanganeh revealed that Tehran was holding talks with Ankara over why some Turkish airports are [...]

By |August 8th, 2019|Turkey|

Orhan Pamuk in search of Persian translator

A visitor walks past a giant display featuring Turkish writer and 2006 Nobel Prize laureate Orhan Pamuk at Turkey's pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair October 14, 2008. (AFP) June 15, 2019 Turkish Nobel laureate novelist Orhan Pamuk says he longs for a "trustworthy Iranian publisher" and a "commanding Persian translator" to enjoy [...]

By |June 15th, 2019|Arts, Turkey|

Turkey to purchase oil from Iraq instead of Iran

An oil field is seen in Dibis area on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq October 17, 2017. (REUTERS) June 5, 2019 The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) is due to purchase crude oil from Iraq next month to process at the SOCAR Turkey Aegean Refinery (STAR) inaugurated in October 2018 in [...]

By |June 5th, 2019|Iraq, Turkey|

Turkey stopped purchasing Iranian oil as of May

An Iranian worker stands in front of gas pipelines next to the flags of Turkey (R) and Iran. (AFP) May 23, 2019 Turkey stopped purchasing Iranian oil as of May as U.S. waivers granted last November to eight buyers expired, and will continue to abide by Washington's demand that it halt all imports [...]

By |May 23rd, 2019|Turkey|

Zarif suggests establishing security zone on Turkish borders

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow. (AFP) May 9, 2019 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has met today (Wednesday) with his Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif in Moscow. Their meeting focused on developments in Syria, especially in the northern region, Ankara’s willingness to establish [...]

By |May 9th, 2019|Syria, Turkey|

Cornered by Iran sanctions, Turkey is said to eye Iraqi oil

An oil field is seen in Dibis area on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq October 17, 2017. (REUTERS) April 30, 2019 Turkey is seeking ways to buy more oil from Iraq, already a major supplier of crude to the Middle East’s biggest economy, as the U.S. looks to squeeze exports from Iran, according to [...]

By |April 30th, 2019|Iraq, Turkey|

US poised to end waivers for 5 countries importing Iranian oil

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference during the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting at the State Department in Washington, April 4, 2019. (AFP) April 22, 2019 The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt [...]

By |April 22nd, 2019|East Asia, North America, Turkey, USA|

Iranian and Turkish face off with Washington will have different outcomes

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif give a press conference in Ankara, April 17, 2019. (AFP) April 20, 2019 The United States is increasing pressure on Tehran and Ankara. With Tehran, it’s almost a declared war while the pressure on Ankara is less than war but [...]

By |April 20th, 2019|North America, Turkey, USA|