‘Iran welcomes efforts to ensure regional peace’
Press TV -(Wed Oct 16, 2013) Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham says the Islamic Republic welcomes any initiative that can help the establishment of peace in regional countries.
On Wednesday, Afkham dismissed the latest anti-Iran remarks by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay, underlining that leveling such unfounded accusations cannot solve the country’s internal problems.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the establishment of security in Turkey contributes to security in Iran as well as the entire region,” the Iranian official pointed out.
She further noted that relations between Iran and Turkey are based on mutual respect.
Afkham went on to say that the Turkish deputy prime minister is well aware that Tehran-Ankara security cooperation has been an important factor in reducing security problems in Turkey, and indicates Iran’s desire in expanding ties with its northwestern neighbor.
“Unfortunately, his (Atalay’s) comments come at a time that the two sides are negotiating [to arrange] bilateral visits at the level of high-ranking officials,” she said.
On Monday, Atalay claimed that most factors that have spawned and fed terrorism in Turkey come from outside the borders of that country.
He also referred to the peace process between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), alleging that the Turkish government has reliable information which indicates a link between some foreign countries and the PKK top brass aimed at derailing the peace process.”
The Turkish deputy prime minister accused Iran and the European countries of trying to disrupt the peace process with the PKK.