Blamed for Bloodshed in Syria
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in Ankara today that he had warned his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi “in a frank and friendly manner” against blaming Turkey for violence in Syria. Salehi was visiting Ankara yesterday after a visit to Damascus for talks with President Assad.
On Tuesday, Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, the chairman of the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, had blamed Turkey, alongside with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, for the bloodshed in Syria. Turkey was incensed by Firouzabadi’s comments.
"Such statements have the potential to harm Iran as well," Davutoglu told reporters. "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.