Iran General NewsUS welcomes Turkey cutting Iran oil imports

US welcomes Turkey cutting Iran oil imports

-

AFP: The United States Sunday welcomed Turkey’s decision to reduce its purchases of oil from neighbouring Iran by 20 percent. ISTANBUL (AFP)— The United States Sunday welcomed Turkey’s decision to reduce its purchases of oil from neighbouring Iran by 20 percent.

“I was encouraged to hear Turkey’s announcement that it will significantly reduce crude oil imports from Iran,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a press conference in Istanbul where she attended a “Friends of Syria” conference.

“We certainly welcome that announcement,” she added.

Turkey’s national oil company Tupras Friday said it had cut its purchases of oil from Iran by 20 percent as western nations tighten sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear programme.

“Given the situation, it was decided following an evaluation to reduce by 20 percent crude purchases from Iran,” the company said in a statement.

Turkey, which has been importing a third of its oil from Iran, is seeking to obtain an exemption from new US sanctions against Iran.

Under a new law aimed at pressing Iran over its controversial nuclear programme, the United States will penalise foreign financial institutions over transactions with Iran’s central bank, which handles sales of oil.

Earlier this month Washington granted financial institutions from Japan and 10 EU nations exemptions, praising the countries for reducing dependency on oil from the Islamic republic.

Turkish officials said they would seek a similar exemption.

Iran says that its nuclear programme is meant for peaceful purposes, but a number of Western nations fear it is trying to build a nuclear bomb.

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildaz said the country would try to make up for lower imports from Iran by buying more crude from Libya.

Latest news

The Role of Students and Universities in Iran’s Nationwide Uprising

In the national uprising of the people of Iran, which started in mid-September this year, the students played a...

Snapback Sanctions, a Must Response to Iran’s Human Rights Abuse and JCPOA Violations

The protests in Iran have been going on for more than two months, even though the regime is cracking...

Growing Disintegration Among Iran Regime’s Forces

Iran has been shaken by a wave of nationwide protests since mid-September. The trigger was the death of the...

Grim Tidings for Iran’s Regime After Approval of UN Fact-Finding Mission

After many discussions and debates, the United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a fact-finding mission to investigate the...

Iranian People’s Resistance Changed the Appeasement Policy

Soon after the new US government started its obligations in January 2021, hand in hand with the European governments...

Khamenei’s Disgraceful Campaign Against Piranshahr and Javanrud, Who Will Be the Loser?

On the 67th day of Iran’s revolution, the Iranian regime attempted to put a halt to the protests in...

Must read

Ahmadinejad: Iran will not back down “an iota” on nukes

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 26 –Iran’s hard-line President...

Europeans warn Iranians over nuclear fuel cycle work

AFP: Officials from European heavyweights Britain, France and Germany...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you