July 20, 2018 / 12:39 PM / 2 months ago

Turkey says working to avoid negative impact from U.S. sanctions against Iran

ANKARA (Reuters) - Relevant authorities are working to prevent Turkey from being negatively impacted by U.S. sanctions against Iran, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Friday after a U.S. delegation held talks in Ankara on upcoming sanctions.

FILE PHOTO: Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave national flags as they listen to him through a giant screen in Istanbul's Taksim Square, Turkey, August 10, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal/File photo

In a statement following a visit by a U.S. delegation of Treasury and State Department officials, the ministry said Iran was an important neighbour for Turkey and that Ankara would continue to monitor the U.S. sanctions within this framework.

President Donald Trump in May pulled the United States out of a 2015 nuclear pact with Iran and ordered tough sanctions on Tehran. Washington has also asked its allies to cut imports of Iranian oil by November, a senior State Department official said last month - a call which Ankara has publicly resisted.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Editing by Daren Butler

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