Iran trade woes internal, says Turkish President Abdullah Gül

Iranian policy, not a U.S. embargo, is the biggest obstacle to expanding the Islamic Republic’s trade with other countries, Turkish businessmen accompanying President Abdullah Gül in Iran reported him as saying Monday.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul is on four day State visit to Iran, accompanied by a large group of businessmen, looking to boost it’s trade with Iran to $30 billion from the current $10 billion.  This is Gul’s first visit to Iran since becoming President in 2007.  Turkey’s recentout reach to Iran coupled with the crisis in its relations with longtime ally Israel, have sparked concern that NATO’s sole Muslim-majority member is sliding away from the West. Ankara strongly denies any policy shift.

Source: Hurriyet Daily



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