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Turkey’s Stance Immature
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Turkey’s Stance Immature

A lawmaker said the recent stance of Turkish government against neighbors, especially Iran, is "emotional and immature".

In an interview with ICANA on Monday, Mansour Haqiqatpour said the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has created tensions with neighbors and reduced Turkey's credibility in the region. "The current policies of Turkish government will escalate tensions," he said, adding that it should change positions or face more isolation.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday Turkey has strong differences with Iran over policy in Syria and Iraq, and Tehran’s sectarian policies are a danger to the region, but there is no crisis between the two countries.

In an interview on Turkey’s Kanal 24 television, Cavusoglu said Turkey had always supported Iran and wanted to keep good relations with it, but called on Tehran to refrain from “allegations and slander”, without specifying what he was referring to.

Erdogan said on Thursday he had "warned" his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani over some Iranian media reports that he and his family were involved in oil trade with the Islamic State terrorist group. In response to Erdogan, Iran's Foreign Ministry on Friday called for “mutual politeness and respect in relations”.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari urged neighboring countries to show courtesy and respect, and avoid adventurism and accept responsibility for their political stances.

 

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