22 July 2018 07:00 p
The United States and Turkey have begun talks on a new set of sanctions against Iran.
US Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Counterterrorism, Marshall Pilingslia, met with officials of several Turkish companies, Turkish government officials and the central bank to discuss the application of sanctions against Tehran.
"We have talked about the details of the sanctions. What we discussed with the Turkish government is the possible repercussions (of US sanctions) on the Turkish companies and the Turkish economy," Pillinglya told reporters in Ankara.
Turkish companies are considered to be the most important trading partners of Tehran, prompting Washington and Ankara to coordinate, before sanctions against Iran are implemented in August and November.
Billingslia said US sanctions on Iran would be applied firmly and comprehensively, adding that Turkish companies wishing to continue working in Iran would not be able to operate in the US market or under the US banking system.
The Turkish foreign ministry said that Ankara is doing the necessary work so as not to be negatively affected by US sanctions against Tehran.
This is the first round of talks between Washington and Ankara on sanctions against Tehran, and the two sides are expected to meet later to continue discussions.