Iran’s Jalili denounces deadly bombings in southern Turkey
Press TV -(Thu May 16, 2013) Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili has condemned the recent deadly bombings in Turkey’s border region with Syria.
During a press conference in the Iranian Consulate in Istanbul on Thursday, Jalili denounced the massacre of innocent people, adding, “Borders between the countries in the region should be the borders of friendship, cooperation and security.”
On May 11, at least 51 people were killed and more than 140 others injured after a series of blasts hit the Turkish town of Reihanly in the southern province of Hatay near the border with Syria. Turkey has accused Syria of being behind the bomb attacks, while Damascus dismisses the allegation.
Jalili further underlined the need for the formation of a security framework within the region, saying that the enemies should not be allowed to conduct any acts against the nations in the region.
“Today, the countries in the region should utilize all their facilities in line with synergy. There are good capabilities in the region” Jalili said, adding that Turkey has good capacities for both the region and the Islamic world.
The senior Iranian official further stated that Syria is also an important force against the Zionist regime of Israel and in supporting the resistance movement.
“We make use of all of our facilities to boost ties between the countries in the region, and if there is any discord, we try to minimize it. The friendlier the relations, the more secure and prosperous the region will become.”
Turmoil has gripped Syria for over two years, and many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the foreign-sponsored militancy.
Turkey has openly voiced support for militants fighting against the Syrian government since the beginning of the ongoing unrest in the Arab country.