News ID: 278095
Published: 0436 GMT December 13, 2020

Turkish FM gives Zarif assurance Ankara respects Iran's sovereignty

Turkish FM gives Zarif assurance Ankara respects Iran's sovereignty

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara's definite policy is to maintain close and cordial relations with Tehran based on good neighborliness after the Turkish president’s recitation of a poem provoked unease in Iran.

In a phone call on Saturday, Cavusoglu assured Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan respects the Islamic Republic’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Press TV wrote.

He added that the Turkish president recited the poem in Baku just because he had not been aware of the sensitivity surrounding it and associated the poem only with Lachin and Karabakh.

During his visit to Azerbaijan’s capital on Thursday, Erdogan attended a military parade that saluted Azerbaijan's recent victory in the recent Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

At the ceremony, which was also attended by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, the Turkish president recited a poem which bemoans the separation of Azerbaijan under the Tukmenchay Treaty during the Russo-Persian War (1826-28), but Erdogan referred to it in the context of the occupation of Azerbaijani territories of Lachin and Karabakh.

For his part, the Iranian foreign minister highlighted the significance of friendly and respectful relations between the two neighbors as well as cordial ties between the Turkish president and senior Iranian officials.

Zarif expressed hope that bilateral relations would be further improved on the basis of mutual trust.


MPs statement


On Sunday, Iranian lawmakers issued a statement in condemnation of the Turkish president’s “unacceptable and divisive” remarks, according to Tasnim News Agency.

The statement was signed by 214 Iranian MPs.

The lawmakers denounced Erdogan’s “divisive language”, saying he is expected to respect good neighborliness and push for the Muslims’ unity and regional peace and stability.

The statement strongly condemned the “surprising and unacceptable” comments by the Turkish leader.

Iran on Friday summoned Turkey’s Ambassador Derya Ors to formally complain about the remarks made by the Turkish president which Tehran views as ‘unacceptably meddlesome’ with regard to the issue of the separation of Azerbaijan.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the ministry’s director general for Eurasian affairs voiced the Islamic Republic’s “strong protest” and called for an “immediate explanation” from the government in Ankara.

Earlier on Friday, Zarif also said the Turkish leader had misunderstood the piece.

The Iranian foreign minister said “no one can talk about our beloved Azerbaijan”.



Resource: Press TV
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