Turkey, US officials meet to discuss Iran sanctions

Turkey's foreign ministry says it is monitoring American sanctions on Iran, following a meeting with visiting U.S. officials.

The ministry issued a statement Friday saying Turkish authorities are evaluating the sanctions and how they can impact Turkey.

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In May, President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from a landmark nuclear pact reached in 2015 with Iran and restored harsh sanctions, seeking to limit its ability to sell oil and do business abroad.

Turkey, in the statement, said Iran was an "important neighbor" for "economic and commercial relations as well as our energy imports."

Turkey imported 3 million tons of crude oil from Iran in the first four months of 2018, making up 55 percent of crude supplies and 27 percent of its total energy imports.

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