Turkey Urged to Adopt Responsible Policies

Turkey Urged to Adopt Responsible PoliciesTurkey Urged to Adopt Responsible Policies

A lawmaker said Turkey should adopt a responsible approach toward Middle East and consider regional interests in its decisions.

Ahmad Shohani, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, made the statement in response to a recent proclamation by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey should not be accused of cooperating with the so-called Islamic State militant group, ICANA reported.

Erdogan said he has held talks with his Iranian counterpart, President Hassan Rouhani, urging him to avoid repeating the Russian accusations about Turkey's purchase of crude oil from IS.

Russia has on several occasions accused Turkey of buying oil from IS. Russian military planes have repeatedly targeted trucks used by IS to smuggle oil to Turkey, including a convoy of some 500 trucks that were destroyed last month.

Shohani said Turkey should respect its neighbors and adhere to principles of good neighborliness.

"Turkey should make clear its position on IS," he said, adding that supporting terrorist groups will only fan the flame of regional crises.

The lawmaker said Iran has always been looking to help solve problems in the region, not to complicate them.

"After tensions escalated between Turkey and Russia over the downing of Russian warplane, Iran has been trying to get the two countries closer and help defuse the situation," he said.

Turkey and Russia have been trading accusations ever since the Turkish military downed a Russian fighter jet in Syria on November 24. Turkey says the Russian jet had violated its airspace, an allegation denied by Russia.

"Iran welcomes the cooperation of all regional states to fight terrorism and is ready to improve coordination with neighbors in this regard," Shohani said.

In another reaction, Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei said on Friday Tehran has evidence showing Turkey is involved in oil trade with IS terrorist group.

“Iranian advisers in Syria have taken photos and videos of all the routes [used by] IS oil trucks [going] to Turkey and these documents can be presented and published,” he said.

Rezaei added that if the Turkish government is not aware of IS oil sales in its own country, Iran is ready to pass on the information.