Turkey’s Halkbank urges end of US prosecution alleging Iran sanctions violations

A view shows the logo of Halkbank at its headquarters in Atasehir, in the Asian part of Istanbul December 17, 2013. (Reuters) April 13, 2021 A lawyer for Halkbank told a U.S. appeals court on Monday that the state-owned Turkish lender was immune from U.S. prosecution and that an indictment accusing it of [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|North America, Turkey, USA|

Zarif tries to defuse tensions with Ankara

Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif at a press conference in Tehran, Dec 22, 2017. (AP) March 19, 2021 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met Turkish officials in Istanbul on Friday as the two regional powers tried to move past tensions sparked by the deaths of Turkish captives in Iraq. Zarif and his [...]

By |March 19th, 2021|Turkey|

Turkey and Iran’s power struggle in Iraq

Iran’s ambassador to Iraq Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi. (Tasnim) March 17, 2021 The regional hegemonic powers clearly set out to attack Iraq’s sovereignty and national dignity. The zero-sum game between Iran and Turkey over influence in Iraq is no longer so surprising. But it raises serious questions about the Arab position on what [...]

By |March 17th, 2021|Iraq, Turkey|

Turkey extradites Iranian social media figure facing fraud charges

People in Tehran check their mobile phones on Dec. 21, 2017. (AFP) March 10, 2021 Turkey has handed over to Iran a popular Iranian social media figure, Milad Hatami, accused by Tehran of money-laundering and fraud in connection with online gambling, a senior Iranian police official said on Tuesday. "He has been extradited [...]

By |March 10th, 2021|Turkey|

Turkey, Iran, Pakistan regional freight train soon to relaunch operations— officials

Turkey, Iran and Pakistan are finalizing details of the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) freight train. (Supplied) March 6, 2021 Turkey, Iran and Pakistan are finalizing details of the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) freight train that is soon to resume its operations after nine years to boost regional connectivity and increase trade among the three countries, officials told [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Pakistan, Turkey|

Russia, Turkey want to save Iran nuclear deal, urge US to lift sanctions on Tehran

Presidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia pose before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey April 4, 2018. (Reuters) March 4, 2021 Russia and Turkey said they wanted the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to be “saved”, urging the United States to lift sanctions on Tehran. Turkish President [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Russia, Turkey|

Sex trafficking between Iran and Turkey continues despite pandemic

Turkey provides a good market for sex workers from neighboring Iran. (IranWire) By Payam Masouri March 4, 2021 Iranian sex workers are often destined for Turkey. Many of them travel to Turkey during the spring and summer for seasonal work, but turn to sex work instead, or in addition to this work. This has [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Turkey, Women|

Turkish-Iranian diplomatic row erupts over Iraq

Kurdistan Workers' Party fighters stand in formation, undated. (Getty) March 1, 2021 A diplomatic row erupted between Turkey and Iran after the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, had made controversial statements on his country’s opposition to Turkish military intervention in Iraq. Turkey's Foreign Ministry summoned Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Farazmand on February 28 [...]

By |March 1st, 2021|Iraq, Turkey|

Erdogan urges Rouhani to seize negotiations opportunity with Washington

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. (Reuters) February 22, 2021 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday he saw a window of opportunity for Iran and the United States on sanctions after recent statements, adding he wanted US sanctions on Tehran [...]

By |February 22nd, 2021|North America, Turkey, USA|

Iran exploiting friendly ties to eliminate dissidents

Assadollah Assadi was arrested in Germany — where authorities said his diplomatic immunity from Austria didn’t apply. (NCRI) By Majid Rafizadeh February 20, 2021 When a foreign government befriends Iran and pursues appeasement policies toward Tehran, it opens the door for the regime to exploit it and pursue its hard-line agenda on that [...]

By |February 20th, 2021|Europe, Turkey|