Ankara (TNA– The president of Turkey decried the US’ move to walk away from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal as a threat to diplomacy and international cooperation.


Turkish and Iranian Presidents Erdogan and Rouhani
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In a meeting with the Iranian president’s chief of staff in Ankara on Wednesday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced the US president’s decision to pull his country out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a breach of commitment that sounds alarm for diplomacy, peace, and regional and international cooperation.

The Turkish leader also expressed deep concern about the situation in Gaza and a fresh wave of Israeli crackdown, saying the relocation of the US’ Israel embassy has opened the door to the massacre of Palestinian people, even women and children, in Gaza.

Erdogan further voiced Ankara’s resolve to enhance its ties with Tehran in all fields.

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The Iranian official, Mahmoud Vaezi, for his part, pointed to the common views of Iran and Turkey on most international issues, calling for continued regional cooperation between the two neighbours in the war on terrorism.

He also stressed the need for Muslim unity in condemning the US embassy relocation move and the Zionist regime’s crimes against the people of Gaza, hailing Turkey’s initiative to convene an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss the recent Israeli massacre of Gazans.

The US embassy opening in the city of al-Quds (Jerusalem) has drawn international condemnation and protests across Palestine.

At least 60 Palestinians were killed on Monday alone, in demonstrations near Gaza border against the US embassy move.

More than 2,700 Palestinians were also wounded as the Israeli forces used snipers, tank fire and tear gas to target the demonstrators.

This post was originally written for and published by Tasnim News Agency.