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Turkey, Iran sign deal to strengthen religious ties

The deal has come as a surprise to many, since Turkey is a Sunni state and Iran a Shiite theocracy. (Getty) January 3, 2020 Turkey and Iran have agreed to strengthen their religious ties in a new deal signed last week in Ankara between the religious authorities of both countries. The new initiative [...]

By |January 3rd, 2020|Turkey|

Turkey’s Halkbank fails to halt US prosecution for aiding Iran

A view shows the logo of Halkbank at its headquarters in Atasehir, in the Asian part of Istanbul December 17, 2013. (Reuters) December 28, 2019 A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday rejected a request by Turkey's state-owned Halkbank to put on hold a federal prosecution accusing it of helping Iran evade U.S. [...]

By |December 28th, 2019|Turkey|

Seven dead as migrants’ boat sinks in Turkey’s Lake Van near the border with Iran

The lake is near the border with Iran, from where migrants regularly cross into Turkey. (Reuters) December 26, 2019 Seven people died and 64 were rescued when a boat carrying migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan sank on Thursday in eastern Turkey's Lake Van, the governor's office in Bitlis province said. The boat [...]

By |December 26th, 2019|Europe, Turkey|

Iranians set up new companies in Turkey to evade US sanctions

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) is welcomed by Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he arrives for a meeting at Erdogan's office in Ankara June 9, 2014. (REUTERS) December 23, 2019 Hundreds of Iranians have set up new businesses in Turkey to evade crippling US economic sanctions. More Iranians than any other nationality [...]

By |December 23rd, 2019|Turkey|

Turkish police detain five over killing of Iranian in Istanbul

Men walk at the Galata bridge with two Turkey flags, in Istanbul, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (AP) November 29, 2019 Turkish police said on Thursday they had detained five people in relation to the killing in Istanbul of an Iranian citizen who Turkish media said was an opponent of Iran’s government. Masoud [...]

By |November 29th, 2019|Turkey|

Iran online dissident shot dead in Istanbul

Molavi helped run a channel on Telegram called "Black Box", which published corruption allegations against members of the Iranian government, judiciary and intelligence services, and claimed to have contacts within the IRGC. (Supplied) November 26, 2019 An Iranian man who ran an opposition social media site was gunned down earlier this month in [...]

By |November 26th, 2019|Turkey|

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|