Iran's Allegations on Turkey's Role in Regional Instability Unacceptable -Ankara

Turkish Foreign Ministry has denounced Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman's remarks that Turkey should not test Iran's patience, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that his country is committed to the development of relations with Russian Federation, but there still exist differences on a number of issues between the two countries. The declarations were made on Sunday at the Security Conference in Germany, so the Iranian leaders had to call the Turkish ambassador in order to clarify the declarations.

In response to Ankara, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on February 20 said that "Tehran's patience has a limit", calling Turkey to a more friendly approach.

The Turkish foreign ministry responded by saying Iran should "revise its regional policies and take constructive steps, rather than criticising countries that voice criticism of Iran".

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim voiced concerns over Iran's "sectarian policy" in Syria and Iraq and possible efforts to "expand its zone of influence".

Iran and Turkey have close ties despite sharply different views on Syria and other regional issues.

  • Leroy Wright