Iranian FM: Wrong policies pushing Turkey into playing blame game

FNA-  Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted Turkish officials for their recent anti-Iran remarks, and said their wrong policies in the past have made them play a blame game.

“Unfortunately, the Turkish government’s wrong policies in the past have created a situation that they are now forced to play a blame game and it is unfortunate to see them do so,” Zarif told FNA on Friday.

He expressed the hope that the regional countries would understand the need for cooperation in the region and opt for cooperation instead of uttering improper words.

The Iranian foreign ministry on Monday summoned Turkish Ambassador to Tehran Raza Hakan Tekin over the recent remarks made by the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, at the Munich Security Conference against Iran.

The Turkish ambassador received Iran’s letter of complaint over the recent statements made by Cavusoglu.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour conveyed Iran’s complaint to the Turkish ambassador.

The Turkish diplomat vowed to inform his country’s foreign minister of Iran’s protest.

In relevant remarks earlier on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi cautioned Turkish officials to watch their words about Iran, warning that Iran’s patience has a limit.

“Turkeys is one of our important neighbors and it has enjoyed much of our assistance, specially after the failed coup (in Turkey last year),” Qassemi told reporters in a press conference in Tehran.

“We hope that they speak about Iran more wisely to not make us respond. We will be patient with Turkey but patience has limits,” he added.

Iran’s foreign ministry had also on Sunday dismissed as unconstructive Cavusoglu’s recent anti-Iran claims, saying Turkey and certain other countries are responsible for instability and insecurity in the Middle-East.

“Those who have carried out meddlesome, illegal and illegitimate measures, supported terrorist groups and caused bloodshed and escalation of tensions and instability in the region cannot evade liability for such moves by playing a blame game,” Qassemi said.

They cannot free themselves from their self-imposed quagmire by leveling accusations against others, he added.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s regional policy has always been and will be based on maintaining the stability and security of all countries and neighbors,” the Iranian spokesperson said.

Qassemi emphasized that many fair governments and nations in the region and across the world have acknowledged such a policy pursued by Iran and welcome it.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, the Turkish foreign minister criticized what he called an Iranian “sectarian policy” aimed at undermining Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Turkish minister’s remarks came despite the fact that his country is widely known as a staunch supporter of militants wreaking havoc in Syria, providing them with money and arms as well as free passage through Turkish soil to Syria.