US threatens to boycott Turkish companies cooperating with Iran

Aug 01, 2004 02:00 AM

US Charge d’Affaires to Ankara said that Turkey should not help develop Iran’s oil industry, Zaman said. US Ankara Embassy Chargé D’Affaires Robert S. Deutsch told that US as Turkey’s main trade partner is against the transfer of Iran’s gas to Europe from Turkish route; rather, it supports the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan gas pipeline.
Turkish companies have recently expressed great willingness to sign contracts with Iranian companies; this, however, is an indication of their indifference toward US.

Deutsch told that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Iran did not bother America. He indicated that he believes Erdogan conveyed the issues that the US is most sensitive about to Iranian officials.
"The US took some measures concerning this and has applied embargoes on Iran and Libya since 1991. These embargos are applied to companies making investments in the oil industry. The US Congress does not want international firms to engage in commercial relations over $ 20 mm with Iraniancompanies."

The American diplomat added that they wanted Turkey's commercial relations to refrain from contributing to the strengthening of Iran's oil industry.
On his way back home, Erdogan said, "We have not received an official statement from the US yet. All we know is what we read or see in the media," Zaman added.
During his stay in Iran, Erdogan told that Turkey would continue its policy of good relations with it neighbours. Erdogan did not deny Washington’s unease by the visit.

Source: Tehran Times
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