Praise for Turkish People’s Defense of Democracy

Praise for Turkish People’s Defense of Democracy   Praise for Turkish People’s Defense of Democracy

Iran's Ambassador in Ankara Mohammad Ebrahim Taherianfard praised the Turkish people and government for their firm stance against an attempted coup in Turkey last month, saying that they defended democracy in their country.

"We believe that the Turkish people and government stood against the coup plotters and defended democracy by making a proper and courageous decision," Taherianfard said in a meeting with members of Foreign Economic Relations Board and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey in Ankara on Thursday, Tasnim News Agency reported.

"The Turkish people demonstrated that coup and other bullying methods have no place in our region," he said.

The diplomat highlighted Iran's support for its neighboring country, saying that from the first hours of the coup attempt, the Islamic Republic stood by the Turkish nation and backed its legitimate government.

Since the outset of a coup attempt by a group of military forces in Turkey in the early hours of July 16, Iran voiced its backing for the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and dismissed any military approach to settling conflicts.

The botched putsch began late on July 15 when a faction of the Turkish military blocked Istanbul's iconic Bosphorus Bridge and strafed the headquarters of the Turkish intelligence agency and parliament in the capital.

Tanks, helicopters and soldiers clashed with police and people on the streets of the two main cities.

The Turkish president rushed back to Istanbul from a Mediterranean holiday and called on people to defy the coup plotters' orders of a curfew and stage a rally in support of his government.

More than 300 people were killed from both sides before the coup was officially declared as failed.