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Parliament Speaker Warns Turkish Officials to Avoid Anti-Iran Remarks

TEHRAN, Mar. 14, 2017(FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called on Turkish officials to be more careful when speaking about Iran.

"Unfortunately some stances (adopted by Ankara), particularly in the recent past, did not match the level of the two countries' neighboring relations and Iran exercised restraint in this regard," Larijani said.

The Iranian parliament speaker said that comments made by Turkish officials about Iran need to fit the neighboring relations of the two countries.

In relevant remarks in late February, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted Turkish officials for their recent anti-Iran remarks, and said their wrong policies in the past have made them play a blame game.

"Unfortunately, the Turkish government's wrong policies in the past have created a situation that they are now forced to play a blame game and it is unfortunate to see them do so," Zarif told FNA.

He expressed the hope that the regional countries would understand the need for cooperation in the region and opt for cooperation instead of uttering improper words.

The Iranian foreign ministry summoned Turkish Ambassador to Tehran Raza Hakan Tekin over the recent remarks made by the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, at the Munich Security Conference against Iran.

The Turkish ambassador received Iran's letter of complaint over the recent statements made by Cavusoglu.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour conveyed Iran’s complaint to the Turkish ambassador.

The Turkish diplomat vowed to inform his country’s foreign minister of Iran’s protest.

Iran’s foreign ministry had also dismissed as unconstructive Cavusoglu's recent anti-Iran claims, saying Turkey and certain other countries are responsible for instability and insecurity in the Middle-East.

“Those who have carried out meddlesome, illegal and illegitimate measures, supported terrorist groups and caused bloodshed and escalation of tensions and instability in the region cannot evade liability for such moves by playing a blame game,” Qassemi said.

They cannot free themselves from their self-imposed quagmire by leveling accusations against others, he added.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s regional policy has always been and will be based on maintaining the stability and security of all countries and neighbors,” the Iranian spokesperson said.

Qassemi emphasized that many fair governments and nations in the region and across the world have acknowledged such a policy pursued by Iran and welcome it.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, the Turkish foreign minister criticized what he called an Iranian "sectarian policy" aimed at undermining Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Turkish minister's remarks came despite the fact that his country is widely known as a staunch supporter of militants wreaking havoc in Syria, providing them with money and arms as well as free passage through Turkish soil to Syria.


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