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Turkish ambassador to Tehran says despite growing protests by regional states, his country is set to press ahead with its project to build a dam on Tigris-Euphrates River.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari, who heads the Iranian delegation to Astana Talks on Syria, has met with the heads of Russian and Turkish delegations.
Iranians have organized a popular campaign to take Turkey to The Hague over its violation of environmental regulations which have already led to the desiccation of Hoor al-Azim Wetland in western Iran.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif conferred with many of his Asian and African counterparts on the ongoing rift between Doha and a number of Arab countries.
Iran’s free gas export to Turkey has given rise to a considerable controversy in the country with some calling it a great loss inflicted on the national treasury for which the incumbent government is to blame, and some saying that Ankara has already paid for the gas it is receiving from Tehran for free.
Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said the country is currently not receiving any money from Turkey for the export of gas, because Tehran has to clear its debts under an International Court of Arbitration ruling on a dispute over gas pricing.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have expressed their countries’ readiness to shore up bilateral ties especially in the economic field.