Turkey’s president has again criticized U.S. sanctions on Iran and vowed to continue to cooperate with Tehran.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the comments on Thursday at a joint news conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Erdogan says Turkey aims to increase bilateral trade with Iran to $30 billion from the current $11 billion.

U.S. President Donald Trump pulled America out of the 2015 nuclear deal Iran struck with world powers in May and re-imposed sanctions. Turkey was among U.S. allies allowed to continue purchasing Iranian oil as long as they work to reduce imports.

Erdogan said: “The U.S. (sanctions) put regional safety and stability into danger and we do not support them.”

He added: “We will continue to stand by the brotherly Iranian people.”

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, shake hands prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, left, shake hands prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, shake hands prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, left, shake hands prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, shakes hands prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, left, shakes hands prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, centre, shake hands prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, centre, shake hands prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani reviews an honour guard during the welcome ceremony by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani reviews an honour guard during the welcome ceremony by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, shakes hands prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, left, shakes hands prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, centre, review an honour guard during the welcome ceremony, prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, centre, review an honour guard during the welcome ceremony, prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, centre, review an honour guard during the welcome ceremony, prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, centre, review an honour guard during the welcome ceremony, prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, centre, review an honour guard during the welcome ceremony, prior to their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, centre, review an honour guard during the welcome ceremony, prior to their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, centre, review an honour guard during the welcome ceremony, prior to their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, centre, review an honour guard during the welcome ceremony, prior to their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Source: The Associated Press