Pakistan, Iran and Turkey resume freight train service to bolster regional connectivity

Turkey, Iran and Pakistan are finalizing details of the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) freight train. (Supplied) December 22, 2021 Pakistan’s top commerce official said on Tuesday his country had been working toward greater regional connectivity after the first freight train from Islamabad to Istanbul via Tehran departed after a gap of nine years to increase [...]

By |December 22nd, 2021|Pakistan, Turkey|

Turkish tourist arrested on ‘silent walk’ through Iran

Tourists visit the Azadi Tower in the capital Tehran on April 19, 2018. (AFP) By Maryam Dehkordi December 22, 2021 A Turkish photographer and filmmaker, Bora Omeroglu, has been detained in Iran for the past four days. People close to Bora told IranWire his phone cut out near the city of Abadeh, halfway [...]

By |December 22nd, 2021|Turkey|

Russia suspends fruit imports from some Turkish, Iranian suppliers

Sellers wearing masks in an Iranian fruit market, June 15, 2020. (Reuters) December 20, 2021 Russia has suspended imports of fruit including lemons, mandarins, peppers, grapes and pomegranates from 33 Turkish and Iranian producers, citing alleged food safety violations, the consumer health watchdog said on Monday. Such restrictions are often seen as politically [...]

By |December 20th, 2021|Russia, Turkey|

Iran wants to barter oil with foreign firms to build housing

A government housing project in Iran. (IRNA) December 20, 2021 Iran is negotiating with Chinese and Turkish companies for building affordable government housing in a possible oil barter deal oil, an official said on Saturday. Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi (Raeesi) has promised to build one million apartment every year, during his four-year term [...]

By |December 20th, 2021|East Asia, Turkey|

More defendants released on bail in Masoud Molavi assassination case

Masoud Molavi Vardanjani, had been killed for criticizing Tehran’s political and military leadership. (Supplied) By Ebrahim Ramezani December 14, 2021 One of the accused in the assassination of Massoud Molavi Vardanjani, an Iranian ex-intelligence officer turned regime critic killed in Istanbul in November 2019, has been temporarily released pending trial by the Turkish [...]

By |December 14th, 2021|Turkey|

If Turkey wants the F-16, Ankara must act against Iran

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AP) By Daniel Roth November 23, 2021 resident Joe Biden is uniquely positioned today to end Turkey’s bid to undermine European security and halt its dangerous drift toward Russia and Iran. Crucially, Turkey is desperate for U.S.-made F-16 warplanes and modernization kits. Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s domestic political support [...]

By |November 23rd, 2021|North America, Turkey, USA|

Turkish Foreign Minister talks of lasting cooperation with Iran

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R) welcomes his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Tehran, Iran, Nov. 15, 2021. (AFP) November 16, 2021 Tehran and Ankara are set to agree a plan for long-term cooperation, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s Foreign Minister told a joint press conference in Tehran Monday. Tehran signed a 25-year cooperation deal with [...]

By |November 16th, 2021|Turkey|

Turkey-Azerbaijan link fuels Iran’s gas dilemmas

An Iranian worker stands in front of gas pipelines next to the flags of Turkey (R) and Iran. (AFP) November 10, 2021 Sitting on 17 percent of world gas reserves, Iran should have no trouble renewing a contract to supply gas to Turkey that expires in 2025. So why are there concerns in [...]

By |November 10th, 2021|Azerbaijan, Turkey|

Turkey’s Erdogan stirs the Iran-Azerbaijan pot

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during his meeting with mukhtars at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Aug 22, 2017. (REUTERS) October 23, 2021 Iran is in no position to "target Azerbaijan" for relations with Israel for fear of its own Azari population, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. Referring to a [...]

By |October 23rd, 2021|Azerbaijan, Turkey|

Turkey’s Halkbank can be prosecuted over Iran sanction violations, U.S. appeals court rules

A branch of Halkbank in central Istanbul, Turkey. (REUTERS) October 23, 2021 A US appeals court on Friday rejected Halkbank's bid to dismiss an indictment accusing the state-owned Turkish lender of helping Iran evade American sanctions. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals said even if the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act shielded the [...]

By |October 23rd, 2021|North America, Turkey, USA|