Iran Will Bolster ‘Good’ Ties With Turkey Amid US Pressure – Foreign Ministry

Relations between Ankara and Washington have plummeted to their lowest point in decades over a range of issues, including the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson and Turkey’s push for buying the Russian S-400 missile defense systems.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has lambasted a new round of US sanctions against Turkey, pledging Tehran’s full support for Ankara.

“We hope that the Turkish government and people will manage these conditions and pressure imposed from outside Turkey’s borders and […] they will definitely do that because others cannot change the willpower of nations through coercion and threats,” Qassemi told the Islamic Republic of Iranian Broadcasting (IRIB) news network.

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He expressed hope that Iran and Turkey will continue to develop “good” bilateral relations and that the two countries will try to add to maintaining stability and security in the region.

Qassemi’s remarks came a day after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that Washington’s “jubilation in inflicting economic hardship” on Turkey was “shameful.”

He urged Washington “to rehabilitate its addiction to sanctions and bullying or the entire world will unite — beyond verbal condemnations — to force it to.”

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