Tehran Worried Over Terror Attacks in Turkey

Tehran Worried Over Terror Attacks in TurkeyTehran Worried Over Terror Attacks in Turkey

A senior lawmaker said Iran is concerned about the critical situation arising from the latest terrorist attack in Turkey, since its security is intertwined with that of Turkey.

Vice Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mansour Haqiqatpour made the statement in an interview with ICANA on Monday.

"Tehran considers Ankara's peace and security as its own, hence we are worried over the situation and terrorist attacks in our friendly country," he said.

A car bomb struck the Turkish capital Ankara on Sunday, which Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said has left at least 37 dead and 71 hospitalized, 15 of whom in serious condition.

It was the second blast to rock Ankara in only three weeks, as it came after a suicide car bombing in Ankara targeted buses carrying military personnel, killing 29 people.

Haqiqatpour blamed the Turkish government for its "neo-Ottomanist" policies, which he said are the real cause of these deadly incidents.

Neo-Ottomanism is a Turkish political ideology aimed at reviving Ottomanism by promoting greater political engagement of the modern Republic of Turkey within regions formerly under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, including Syria and Iraq.

"Before the Syria's conflict was begun, Turkey was a developing country that enjoyed relative calm and security," he said. "But the warmongering plans of the [Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdogan's administration, in line with his neo-Ottomanist approach, have sown chaos in the region and Turkey," he said.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011 which has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people and injured 1.9 million others.

Turkey, along with Saudi Arabia, has been tirelessly supporting militants who fight the Syrian government with funds, training and weapons.

The lawmaker warned that Turkish insistence on supporting militant groups fighting the Syrian government will lead to more bombings in Turkey.

"The only way of returning peace to Turkey is that its government engage in [real] fight against the Islamic State militant group and open a dialogue with ethnic minorities [Kurds]," he said.

The Foreign Ministry has condemned the deadly explosion, calling for a collective fight against terrorism.

"Consecutive terrorist operations across the region and the world confirm the necessity and urgency of confronting terrorism and extremism, as common threats against the global community, in a united and coherent manner," the ministry said in a statement.