Iranian MPs pursue to cancel Erdogan's visit to Tehran

Politics Materials 29 March 2015 14:54 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 29

By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

The upcoming trip of Turkey's President Recep Tayyep Erdogan to Iran should be cancelled due to his recent anti-Iran remarks, Iranian MP Esmaeel Kowsari said.

Kowsari, who is a member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said Erdogan should be notified that if he talks nonsense about Iran, he will be dealt with, Iran's Fars news agency reported on March 29.

"Even if the foreign affairs ministry takes no step in this regard, we will oblige them to do it," Kowsari said.

Erdogan is due to visit Tehran in early April.

The Turkish president earlier accused Iran of trying to dominate the Middle East and its efforts have begun to annoy Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries.

Prior to that, Turkey said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi forces (a Shia group) in Yemen and called on the militia group and its "foreign supporters" to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region.

"Iran is trying to dominate the region," Erdogan said at a press conference. "This is really not tolerable and Iran has to see this."

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif severely criticized Erdogan over the latter's recent remarks against the Islamic Republic.

"Those who have inflicted irreparable damage with their strategic mistakes and high ambitions would better adopt wise policies to use existing potentials in preserving regional peace and integrity," Zarif said.

Zarif said that Iran highly regards its strategic relations with Turkey in different spheres, adding that under the current circumstances all countries must work toward establishing peace and preventing insecurity in the region.