Nov 23, 2020 17:59 UTC
  • US sanctions policy against independent countries total failure: Iran Parliament speaker

The speaker of Iran’s Parliament says the sanctions policy adopted by the administration of US President Donald Trump against independent countries has been a total failure.

According to Press TV, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf made the remarks in a Monday meeting with Turkish Ambassador to Tehran Derya Örs, during which he also highlighted profound historical ties between Tehran and Ankara.

“Despite imposition of unjust sanctions and implementation of US' unilateral policy against the Islamic Republic of Iran, domestic production has become more robust and threats have been turned into opportunities,” Qalibaf said.

He noted that the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus pandemic has affected trade relations between Iran and Turkey and caused problems in border markets, expressing hope that the two countries’ officials would make necessary arrangements at the earliest to solve the issue.

The expansion of parliamentary cooperation with neighboring countries, particularly Turkey, is among the Iranian Parliament's main priorities, Qalibaf said, adding that the promotion of interaction between the two countries’ parliaments would have “positive” impacts on regional and international developments.

Trump, a hawkish critic of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), unilaterally withdrew Washington from the agreement in May 2018, and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism.

The US unleashed the so-called maximum pressure campaign and targeted the Iranian nation with draconian restrictive measures in order to bring it to its knees, but Iran's economy keeps humming and is getting back on its feet.

Örs, for his part, said Tehran and Ankara enjoy historical and growing relations and called for the removal of obstacles in the way of the expansion of mutual ties in various fields.

The Turkish diplomat also invited the top Iranian parliamentarian to pay a visit to his country.