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Turkey Announces Alignment With Iran In The Face Of US Sanctions

Baghdad, The Turkish Foreign Ministry commented on the decision of the United States on ending the exemptions from the oil sanctions imposed on Iran.

"Turkey criticizes the United States decision to end exemptions from oil sanctions imposed on Iran, which will not serve peace and stability in the region," the foreign ministry said on Twitter.

Turkish Foreign Minister MevlutCavusoglu said on Twitter: "we do not accept unilateral sanctions and impose dictates on how to build our relationship with our neighbors."

The statement came after US President Donald Trump's decision to end the exemptions, which allowed eight countries to buy Iranian oil, aimed at achieving (zero exports) of crude in this country, as the White House said.

As of May 2, these countries will face US sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil.

The United States re-imposed sanctions in November 2018 on Iranian oil exports after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.

Washington has granted exemptions to eight countries that cut its purchases of Iranian oil, allowing it to continue buying without facing sanctions for six months. These countries are China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Greece and Iraq.

The exemptions allowed those countries with limited purchases of Iranian oil for a period of six months.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency