BEIRUT/ANKARA Iran summoned the Turkish ambassador in Tehran on Monday above responses made by Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Tayyip Erdogan accusing the Islamic Republic of destabilizing the area.
Tehran and Ankara assistance reverse sides in the conflict in Syria with primarily Shi’ite Iran backing the government of President Bashar al-Assad whilst Turkey, which is the greater part Sunni, has backed factors of the Syrian opposition.
In Iraq, commanders of the predominantly Shi’ite Well-known Mobilization Units, several of whom are educated and funded by Iran, have been remarkably critical of Turkey’s armed forces existence there.
On Sunday, Cavusoglu instructed delegates at a security conference in Munich, “Iran wants to switch Syria and Iraq into Shi’ite,” in accordance to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news company.
Cavusoglu also said Turkey was from any sectarianism in the Middle East and had named on Iran to prevent threatening the region’s balance and security.
“We will be individual with their positions,” Iranian international ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Monday in reference to the responses made in Munich, in accordance to the Mehr Information company. “But there is a specific cap for our persistence.”
The Turkish international ministry responded by indicating Iran ought to “revise its regional insurance policies and choose constructive measures, rather than criticizing international locations that voice criticism of Iran”.
But Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Numan Kurtulmus had previously in the day struck a much more conciliatory tone, downplaying any reviews of pressure.
“Iran and Turkey are pleasant nations. There can be dissimilarities in views from time to time, but there just can’t be animosity since of responses,” he instructed reporters throughout a news conference right after a cupboard meeting.
“Even if our political dissimilarities with Iran emerge, these shouldn’t be blown out of proportion,” he said.
(Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh in Beirut and Tulay Karadeniz, Tuvan Gumrukcu and Parisa Hafezi in Ankara Modifying by Louise Ireland)