Turkey issues 'friendly' warning to Iran

2012-08-08 16:37

Ankara - Turkey warned Iran "in a frank and friendly manner" against blaming Ankara for violence in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday, a day after holding talks with his Iranian counterpart.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi flew to neighbouring Turkey on Tuesday seeking to mend a relationship sorely strained by the Syrian uprising and to secure Turkish help for 48 Iranians kidnapped in Syria on Saturday.

Turkey was incensed by comments this week by Iran's top general Hassan Firouzabadi, in which he blamed Turkey for the bloodshed in Syria and accused Ankara, alongside Saudi Arabia and Qatar, of helping the "war-raging goals of America".

"Such statements have the potential to harm Iran as well," Davutoglu told reporters at Ankara airport before departing on a visit to Myanmar.

Although the comments were not made by Iran's leaders, they were made by individuals holding official posts, he said.

"We would expect these officials, both in Turkey and Iran, to think a few times before making any comments. Our position on the issue was explained to Mr Salehi in a frank and friendly manner," Davutoglu added.

Blaming Turkey or others would be of no benefit for any country, he said.

The once close ties between the Middle East's two non-Arab powers have been ravaged by events in Syria. Turkey has demanded President Bashar Assad quit, but Iran supports his suppression of an uprising Tehran says is backed by regional and Western enemies.

Davutoglu told Salehi Turkey would try to help free the 48 Iranians seized by rebels on the road from Damascus airport on Saturday.

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-08-08 17:07

    Aljazeera is really a propoganda war machine giving the world many false invented news.The rebels are dieing like flies they cannot stop shooting and using civilians as shields.

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-08 17:26

      spot on keith! Al-jazeera lost its credibilty as a reliable news channels during the height of the Bin Laden hunt! When it aired false info as instructed by the western allies! Only cartoon characters like AntfromAfrica, Fred Astair and larry david and cant gethard believe the ' make believe' they see there!

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-08 20:00

      view the thumbs down as an indication that you hit it spot on! come on armchair critics bring it and furious!

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-09 15:56

      knock yourself out Bareth Small ( i rectified the spelling of your name too) hope you dont mind old chap! I dont see how you think i am honouring a great western english icon! Other than my attempt to speak english!!!??? But then again go ahead and spread your lies and agendas! Bearing in mind the nature of the topic we are on!

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-13 21:17

      yeah! Gareth . S. Hall ( now also known as Bareth Small ) has done the honourable thing and deleted his post! Well done old chap you know when to shut up! And thats a good thing, maybe you can share your success with some of the not so sharp chaps on this forum ( nudge,nudge...wink,wink!) [you know who you are!]

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-08-09 21:10

    Hey who got a fruit cake ?? Please dont tell me anthony has a fruit cake hidden somewhere hahahahahah maybe he will share it with fred.They seem to belong to he same club ahahahahahahahaah

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