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Defying U.S., Turkey Goes For Iran Gas Deal

Sun., Aug. 11, 1996

Defying new U.S. sanctions, Turkey’s prime minister said Saturday his country hopes to go ahead with a multibillion-dollar gas deal with Iran.

But Necmettin Erbakan said his three-day visit was not a challenge to the United States, which accuses Iran and Libya of sponsoring international terrorism.

“Our visit has no aims against the United States, which is also our friend and ally,” he told reporters at Tehran’s airport.

Official sources said the Iranian and Turkish energy ministers agreed to share electricity to help their countries cope with power shortages during peak hours.

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