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Iran summons Turkish ambassador

October 21, 2016 at 7:40 pm

Turkish Ambassador to Iran, Riza Hakan Tekin, was summoned by the Iranian foreign ministry to express its objection to the recent statements made by Turkish officials regarding developments in the area.

Fars news agency reported that “following some recent unrealistic statements and stances by a number of senior Turkish officials to blame others over the developments in the region, Turkey’s Ambassador to Tehran, Reza Hakan Tekin, has been summoned to the Iranian foreign ministry in the last few days to be informed of Iran’s strong protest.”

Deputy Turkish Prime Minister, Numan Kurtulmus, said on Wednesday that Iran’s doctrinal policies, not Turkey’s, have caused tensions in Iraq. He also stated that his country has relations “with all Shia groups in Iraq”, adding that Turkey will do all it can to prevent the outbreak of a doctrinal war in the region.

Turkey and Iran are involved in the Iraqi army’s recently launched offensive to recapture Mosul from Daesh militants.