Coups, Terror Threaten Regional, Int’l Security

Coups, Terror Threaten Regional, Int’l SecurityCoups, Terror Threaten Regional, Int’l Security

A Foreign Ministry official said coups and terrorism jeopardize not only regional security but also international stability, stressing that in the face of such security challenges, nations have always played a major role in determining their own fate.

Condemning the recent failed military coup in Turkey, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, an advisor to the foreign minister, said, "Iran's support for Turkey's elected president, people and government against coup plotters signifies that the country has and will always advocate democracy," IRNA reported.   

Pointing to recent developments in regional states, including Syria, Iraq and Turkey, the official noted that coups and terrorism are "two sides of the same coin" that have been designed to undermine stability, welfare and security of the Middle East nations.

According to Amir-Abdollahian, terrorists and Zionists have made desperate attempts to topple Syria's political system and its legal president and turn it into a new Libya, which is gripped by insurgency.

"Tehran has always backed both the Syrian Army and its president, as it believes security of regional nations plays a major role in ensuring security in the wider region," he said.

"Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are among key figures of the Middle East who have been elected by people's votes in democratic states."

Amir-Abdollahian noted that Turkey and Syria's developments proved people's crucial role in protecting their votes against those who respect neither democracy nor human rights. 

An attempted Turkish military coup crumbled on Saturday after crowds answered Erdogan's call to pour into the streets to support him and dozens of rebel soldiers abandoned their tanks in the main city of Istanbul, Reuters reported.

Dozens of people were killed in the violence that erupted on Friday after a faction of the armed forces attempted to seize power.