TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri underlined the necessity for Turkey to stop support for the terrorist groups, including the ISIL, describing it as a precondition for Ankara’s alliance with Tehran.
“We hope that Turkey has come to realize its mistake of supporting the terrorists, specially the ISIL, and won’t repeat it again; in this case, Iran and Turkey can be good friends and allies in the region and it is the policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to have friendly and brotherly relations with a country like Turkey,” Jazzayeri told FNA on Saturday.
Noting that Iran and Turkey are two major Muslim nations which can safeguard regional interests with mutual cooperation, he said, “We hope that the support extended by Turkey to the terrorist and dissident groups (in Syria) would stop and Ankara would continue cooperation with the Islamic Republic in the best way possible.”
Iran had earlier welcomed the Turkish government’s change of policies on regional issues, and said Ankara wants to compensate for its past mistakes.
“The Turkish government has accepted the realities and the correctness of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s policy against the terrorist streams,” Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan told reporters in a press conference in Tehran in August.
“Practically, they want to somehow compensate for the past which bore no advantages for them, inflicted serious damage on the regional people and the regional countries’ infrastructures and helped the presence of aliens in the region,” he added.
By Fars News Agency