Davutoglu welcomes lifting of sanctions against Iran

Turkish prime minister says Turkey welcomes lifting of sanctions imposed on Iran

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Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu gives a speech during a press conference at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on January 17, 2016 before he flies to London

Speaking during a press conference at Ataturk airport in Istanbul on Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey welcomes the decision to lift sanctions imposed on Iran, adding that the move marks an important development for the middle east region.

Davutoglu said, "All countries including Iran and Turkey should take a new perspective to end destruction, violence and pressure in the middle east."

"We hope the lifting of sanctions on Iran will bring us this kind of perspective," he continued.

He also emphasised that the development will help to strengthen relations between Turkey and the Islamic Republic, adding that his country had pushed for lifting the sanctions.

Early in the day, the Turkish Foreign Ministry also released a statement welcoming the announcement made on Saturday - the "Implementation Day" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the Iranian nuclear programme.  

"We congratulate all parties concerned that made possible this outcome which symbolizes the success of diplomacy," the statement said.

"Turkey has always considered diplomacy and negotiations as the only option in the resolution of the Iranian nuclear dossier.

The UN nuclear watchdog on Saturday said Iran had put in place all nuclear measures required under a deal reached with six world powers in July, paving the way for crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic to be lifted.

The announcement marks the consummation of the July 14, 2015 nuclear agreement. Under the deal, Iran agreed to shrink its atomic programme in exchange for the lifting of some EU, US and UN sanctions, which would allow billions of dollars of investment to flow into the country.

Iran's expected return to an already glutted oil market is one of the factors contributing to a global rout in oil prices, which fell below $30 a barrel this week for the first time in 12 years. Tehran says it could boost exports by 500,000 barrels per day within weeks

TRTWorld and agencies