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Turkey hopeful US will extend waiver on Iran sanctions

AFP  |  Washington 

voiced hope Tuesday that the will extend an exemption in sanctions to allow it to keep buying from Iran, despite tensions between the allies on multiple fronts.

Turkish met at the on Monday and discussed the range of disagreements, including Ankara's major weapons purchase from Russia, said Ibrahim Kalin, the

"It was a positive meeting overall," Kalin told reporters in

Kalin said was hopeful that the would issue another waiver for after last year demanding that all nations stop buying from

"Certainly we are expecting an extension for Turkey," Kalin said, adding that has not received a formal notice.

The has given six-month exemptions to eight countries -- China, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey -- that run out on May 2.

Kalin said Turkey had reduced its imports from despite disagreeing with the US sanctions, which Trump imposed unilaterally after pulling out of an international accord under which drastically scaled back its nuclear programme.

"People should not expect Turkey to turn its back on just like that," he said, pointing to the countries' shared border and historic relationship.

"We want to maintain good relations with Iran and we believe that the way to deal with Iran is more engagement rather than more sanctions."

Relations between the and Turkey deteriorated after the NATO ally said it would buy the S-400 missile defense system from the alliance's main nemesis

The United States has responded by suspending Turkey's participation in the key fighter-jet project.

Kalin renewed Turkey's offer to form a joint committee to examine US concerns that would gain data in Turkey to help the S-400 system shoot down the Western planes.

He said that Russian air defenses are already operating in war-torn Syria, where Israeli F-35s frequently enter the airspace.

"When you consider the airspace in the region, it should be very easy for Russians to gain access to that sensitive data already," Kalin said.

"If they are waiting for Turkey to install these S-400s in Turkey to get that information, that wouldn't make sense." Kalin was in to participate in a conference of the American-Turkish Council, a business group, at the

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 03:45 IST