Iran has good relations with Turkey: Defense minister

ANKARA (AA) – Iran has good relations with Turkey, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Khatami said on Sunday.

Speaking to the state television, Khatami said his country’s relations with Turkey, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Pakistan are based on “brotherhood and honesty”.

He said he has visited several countries recently, describing the results of his visits as “positive”.

On August 7, the U.S. re-imposed a first round of economic sanctions on Iran, which mainly target the country’s banking sector.

The sanctions are intended to hinder Tehran's acquisition of U.S. currency; its precious metals trade; bank transactions denominated in the Iranian rial; activities related to Iran's sovereign debt; and the country’s automotive sector.

Earlier this month, Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said trade between Turkey and Iran will continue as part of a long-term bilateral contract, which is set to run until 2026.

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