Iran: No date set for Turkish president’s Tehran trip
Tehran, Iran, Sept. 5
By Mehdi Sepahvand, Fatih Karimov – Trend:
No date has been set so far for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Tehran, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said in a press conference in Tehran Sept. 5.
“No date has been set for Erdogan’s trip to Iran or Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani’s trip to Turkey,” Qasemi said, Trend correspondent reported from the event Sept. 5.
Things have been changing fast between Tehran and Ankara in the recent weeks.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu traveled to Tehran Aug. 18 and held talks on regional affairs with Iranian officials in the few hours he was in Tehran. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Turkey Aug. 12.
The developments came about after Turkey voiced willingness to work alongside Iran and Russia over the undergoing Syrian crisis.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Qasemi touched upon the recent claims over a US ransom to Iran on its nuclear program.
“Neither Iran nor the US has given a special privilege to each other,” the Iranian diplomat underlined.
According to a new report by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, the US and other members of international community granted Iran exemptions to their requirements under the nuclear agreement which was signed last year.
The alleged granting of "secret" exemptions to Iran by the Joint Commission, the deal's implementing body, is likely to thrust the controversial accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), back into the political spotlight.
The report says "most of the conditions" laid out in the agreement “were met by Iran”, but it also claims Iran would have not been in compliance by Jan. 16, 2016, the deal's so-called Implementation Day, without the exemptions to the requirement that Iran limit its stockpile of low enriched uranium to under 300-kilograms.