Iran summons Turkish ambassador, warns Turkey to ‘not test Iran’s patience’

Riza Hakan Tekin

According to Iranian state TV, the country’s foreign ministry has summoned Turkish ambassador Riza Hakan Tekin to “strongly condemn” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks made in Bahrein and foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s speech at the Munich Security Conference.

This morning Behram Qasimi, the spokesperson of Iran’s foreign ministry, had said in a press statement, “We are being patient with Turkey; however, there is a limit with our patience. If our Turkish friends continue with such statements, we will not remain silent and respond with our own.”

During his visit to Bahrein Turkish President Erdogan had criticised Iran and said, “Some people want both Iraq and Syria to be divided. There are some that are working hard to divide Iraq. There is a Persian nationalism at work there. And this Persian nationalism is trying to divide the country. We need to block this effort.”

In his speech at the Munich Security Conference foreign minister Cavusoglu had criticised Iran for what he called “sectarian policy”.