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Iran Says Its Aligned With Turkey Regarding Libya and Yemen, Announced Natural Gas Transfers

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Iran Says Its Aligned With Turkey Regarding Libya and Yemen, Announced Natural Gas Transfers

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On June 15th, Iranian Foreign Minister said that Iran shared Turkey’s views on ending the Libyan crisis.

He made his statement while on a visit to Ankara, and said that both Turkey and Iran were aimed at reaching a political solution in Libya.

“We support the legitimate government in Libya, which can end the ongoing war. We have common views with the Turkish side on ways to end the crisis in Libya and Yemen,” said Zarif.

Likely related, Muhammad Javad Zarif, announced that Iranian gas exports to the Eurasian nation would resume at the end of June.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the entire world is interdependent and that unilateral policies cannot be the solution to international problems,” Zarif said after meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

“The coronavirus has shown us that the major powers are powerless against the emergence of a virus and that they cannot cope. The idea that some can lead the world is a misconception,” he said during his speech.

Earlier, the Turkish government announced that it was postponing the meeting with the Russian defense and foreign ministers that was to be held in Istanbul.

The meeting with Iran happened.

The Iranian foreign minister landed in Ankara with the aim of further strengthening diplomatic relations with this country.

“Relations between Tehran and Ankara are close in several areas, but require further consultation,” Zarif said, according to the ISNA news agency.

In response to speculation about the cancellation of the meeting between Moscow and Ankara, the Turkish foreign minister has announced his intention to continue making progress in negotiations with Russia to reach a lasting ceasefire in Libya.

“In order to achieve a lasting ceasefire in Libya and to plan detailed measures to be taken afterwards, we have decided that it will be better for all concerned to continue discussions at the technical level,” said Çavuşoğlu. “What we cannot have is just two parties, Russia and Turkey, meeting and agreeing on the issues. We have to consider what the Libyans are saying. We cannot unilaterally announce a ceasefire,” he added, according to Ahval News.

During the meeting, Ankara reiterated its opposition to the unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States against Tehran.

“Unfortunately, the United States has a very bad record during the coronavirus pandemic. They continued their sanctions against Iran, even more intensively and with the aim of hitting the Islamic Republic,” Zarif said at the end of the meeting.

“The stability and peace of Iran is important to us. We oppose unilateral sanctions. In fact, the pandemic has taught us that the world needs greater cooperation and solidarity,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu.

It is potentially possible that the meeting with Russia was postponed, so as to see what agreements could be reached with Iran. It appears that Iran, voicing its support of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, and both being aligned in terms of Yemen, when it is known that Iran supports the Houthis against Saudi Arabia.

It is likely that the two countries, in addition to the purely economic aspect of transfer of natural gas, and the opposition of US sanctions against Tehran, have agreed to some additional, undisclosed matters.

“The dialogue between Iran and Turkey is in everyone’s interest, and we need to bet on our neighbours at the regional level to fight instability, extremism and terrorism,” stressed Zarif who welcomed the Turkish government’s efforts to resume the transfer of natural gas at the end of June.

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