In compliance with U.S. demands that countries reduce dependence on Iranian oil, Turkey is drawing up plans to decrease a portion of its supply of the natural resource from the Islamic republic.
“We believe that this was the right step to take, to boost our commercial relationship with Libya and help with the normalization of the country,” says Turkey’s Energy Minister, Taner Yıldız.
As reported by Hürriyet Daily News, Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan clarified that his country will “reduce the amount of crude oil it purchases from Iran by 20 percent, and that the reduced amount would be met via other sources,” such as Libya.
Further, PM Erdoğan says he is ‘convinced’ that Iran’s controversial nuclear program is peaceful. “Don’t they have the right to a nuclear program for peaceful purposes?” Erdoğan asked, pointing out that inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) failed to confirm that Iran was developing a nuclear bomb.
Erdoğan added, “We hope that the world will be fair to everyone. Israel, for instance, has a number of [nuclear] warheads. No one is calling them to account for that. The West must hold them accountable. So, therefore, we are compelled to think that they [the U.S.] are not sincere and we are asking why.”
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