Turkey vows to continue Iran projects
Turkey vows to continue joint projects with Iran despite sanctions imposed by some western countries, Turkish Industry and Trade Minister Nihat Ergun has said, Press TV reported.
The Turkish official made the comments during an interview with NTV broadcaster on Thursday, Reuters reported.
Earlier in August, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz had said Ankara would support Turkish firms in exporting gasoline to Iran despite US unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
"If the preference of the private sector is to sell these (petroleum) products to Iran, we will help them," he said. "There is no demand for Turkey to halt the trade of these products with Iran."
The pledge was made before an expected resumption of talks next month between the Vienna Group and Tehran on the Iranian nuclear program.
The sale of petrol, as well as other projects Turkey is planning with Iran, may indicate a shift in its energy policy to give priority to its energy-rich neighbors in the Middle East over conditions set by its traditional Western allies.
Yaldiz said plans by Turkey and Iran for the joint construction of power plants with a total capacity of 6,000 megawatts would continue, giving the two countries enough capacity to feed their own markets as well as other countries in the Middle East.
A planned natural gas pipeline from the Islamic Republic to Turkey by the private Turkish company SOM Petrol will be used to supply European gas markets as well Turkey's demands, the minister said.