Erdogan says he will discuss Halkbank’s Iran sanctions case with Trump

A view shows the logo of Halkbank at its headquarters in Atasehir, in the Asian part of Istanbul December 17, 2013. (Reuters) November 9, 2019 President Tayyip Erdogan says he will discuss the case of Turkish lender Halkbank with U.S. President Donald Trump during talks in Washington next week, broadcaster NTV and other [...]

By |November 9th, 2019|North America, Turkey, USA|

More than 1.6 million Iranians visited Turkey from January to September

Men walk at the Galata bridge with two Turkey flags, in Istanbul, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (AP) November 4, 2019 More than 1.6 million Iranians have visited Turkey in the first nine months of this year, according to Turkey’s tourism office. Although this figure is two percent less than last year, but [...]

By |November 4th, 2019|Turkey|

Iran’s gas exports to Turkey drop to one-third of last year

An Iranian worker stands in front of gas pipelines next to the flags of Turkey (R) and Iran. (AFP) November 2, 2019 In its latest report on Friday, November 1, Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA)) says that natural gas imports from Iran last August has nearly dropped to one-third compared with the same [...]

By |November 2nd, 2019|Turkey|

How Iran and Turkey’s unlikely alliance developed

Turkey needs the Iranian regime on its side and the Iranian leaders are more than willing to assist Ankara and intervene opportunistically to advance their own parochial interests. (Getty) By Majid Rafizadeh October 28, 2019 With Turkey’s recent invasion of Syria — Iran’s staunchest ally — it is critical to shed light on the [...]

By |October 28th, 2019|Syria, Turkey|

Iran opts out of juniors’ chess championship in Turkey to avoid another sports ban

Young chess stars in Iran during a tournament. Undated. (IRNA) October 28, 2019 A series of "considerations" and "financial complications" has forced the Islamic Republic's Chess Federation not to dispatch Iran's team to the World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad in Turkey, says the federation president. Without further elaboration, Mehrdad Pahlavanzadeh insisted on Sunday, [...]

By |October 28th, 2019|Turkey|

Ankara accuses Tehran of betrayal: Is the alliance of convenience collapsing?

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C), flanked by Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after posing for photographs in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) October 24, 2019 Recent developments on the ground in Syria may be proof of the demise of the already fragile partnership between Turkey and [...]

By |October 24th, 2019|Turkey|

Why has Iran taken inconspicuous position towards the Turkish military offensive in Syria

Smoke rising from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain as Turkish forces continue their assault, October 15, 2019. (AFP) By Track Persia October 22, 2019 The position of the Islamic Republic of Iran towards the recent Turkish military operation in the Kurdish populated northeastern Syria is view by many observers as inconspicuous. The [...]

By |October 22nd, 2019|Syria, Turkey|

Turkish soldier killed on border with Iran

A Turkish soldier stands at Iran -Turkey border. (Reuters) October 18, 2019 The Turkish Defense Ministry is claiming that a soldier has been killed on its border after gunfire from Iran. In statement released by the ministry Turkey alleges that, one soldier was killed and two other soldiers were lightly wounded. The incident [...]

By |October 18th, 2019|Turkey|

U.S. prosecutors accuse Turkey’s Halkbank of scheme to evade Iran sanctions

A view shows the logo of Halkbank at its headquarters in Atasehir, in the Asian part of Istanbul December 17, 2013. (Reuters) October 16, 2019 Federal prosecutors in New York on Tuesday charged Turkey’s Halkbank (HALKB.IS) with taking part in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran. The charges against the [...]

By |October 16th, 2019|Turkey|

Turkey’s attack on Syria leaves Iran in difficult position

A Turkish army tank moves near the border with Syria. (AP) By Behrouz Turani October 11, 2019 Turkey's military operation in the Kurdish populated northeastern Syria has left Iran in an extremely difficult position between its strongest regional friend and one of Iran's most significant ethnic groups which views itself part of a trans-border identity. [...]

By |October 11th, 2019|Syria, Turkey|