Turkey in US talks to avoid ‘negative impact’ from Iran sanctions

In a sign of warming relations, the two leaders announced to increase trade between Turkey and Iran to $30bn. (AFP) July 21, 2018 Turkey on Friday hosted an American delegation for talks to address concerns about the potential negative impact on its economy of the looming reimposition of US sanctions against Iran. US [...]

By |July 21st, 2018|North America, Turkey, USA|

U.S. delegation to meet Turkish officials on Iran sanctions

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a press conference on January 31, 2017. (AFP) July 19, 2018 A U.S. delegation of Treasury and State Department officials will meet Turkish authorities on Friday to discuss sanctions targeting Iran, an official from Turkey's foreign ministry said. "A U.S. delegation currently holding talks in India [...]

By |July 19th, 2018|North America, Turkey, USA|

Islamic Republic tests old and new tactics to evade sanctions

Iranian jailed tycoon, Babak Zanjani attending court hearing session. (Supplied) July 6, 2018 While the shadow of renewed sanctions loom over Tehran and Iran’s oil production is expected to experience a dramatic downfall this November, Tehran has been testing the waters for tactics to circumvent sanctions. One of these tactics has already failed [...]

By |July 6th, 2018|North America, Turkey, USA|

Why Turkey will not be another Iran

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, left, and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, April 2015. (Getty) By Amir Taheri June 30, 2018 Is Turkey going to be another Iran? With President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest electoral victory the question is making the rounds in Western political [...]

By |June 30th, 2018|Turkey|

Turkey says Iran supports potential Turkish operation in north Iraq

Members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rest in front of a portrait of jailed Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan at a camp on July 29, 2015 deep in the Qandil mountain, the PKK headquarters in northern Iraq. (AFP) June 13, 2018 Iran has voiced support for a potential Turkish operation against Kurdish [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|Iraq, Turkey|

Looming US showdown with Iran puts Ankara in tight spot

Men walk at the Galata bridge with two Turkey flags, in Istanbul, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (AP) By Dorian Jones March 30, 2018 Top diplomats from Turkey and the United States are working hard to bridge the deep gulf between the two NATO allies. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Tina Kaidanow is [...]

By |March 30th, 2018|North America, Turkey, USA|

Turkish private plane crashes in Iran with 11 people aboard, authorities say

Iranian news agencies are reporting that a Turkish plane traveling in Iran's air space has crashed. (Google maps) March 11, 2018 A Turkish private jet flying from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul with at least 11 people on board crashed Sunday night in a mountainous region of Iran during a heavy rain, [...]

By |March 11th, 2018|Turkey|

Kurdistan crossings with Turkey, Iran await political agreement

Haj Omran border crossing between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, October 3, 2017 (Reuters) March 4, 2018 By Ihsan Aziz Border crossings linking Kurdistan region of Iraq with Iran and Turkey were points of political disagreements between Baghdad and Erbil prior to the September 25 independence referendum, and even became a major obstacle before the [...]

By |March 4th, 2018|Iraq, Turkey|

Turkey and Iran face off in a new battle in Syria

A picture taken on February 20, 2018 shows a convoy of pro-Syrian government fighters arriving in Syria's northern city of Afrin. (AFP) By Ishaan Tharoor February 23, 2018 Syria's messy war is becoming even messier. On Tuesday, pro-regime militias reportedly moved into the embattled enclave of Afrin, which is under siege from Turkish forces who [...]

By |February 23rd, 2018|Syria, Turkey|

The three states which badly need to keep fragile co-operation in Syria alive

By Shatha Al Juburi Track Perisa - February 19, 2018 Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a leader in Iran’s ruling Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has recently been cited as demanding that Iran recovers the price it has paid on Syria battlefields. Safavi stressed, during a conference on the latest political and field developments in [...]

By |February 19th, 2018|Russia, Syria, Turkey|