Tehran, Iran, Dec. 19
By Mehdi Sepahvand, Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
Iran has summoned Turkish ambassador to Tehran to protest against recent anti-Iran gatherings outside Iranian diplomatic missions in Ankara and Istanbul.
Spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Bahram Qassemi said that unscheduled protests were held outside the buildings of Iranian consulate and embassy in Istanbul and Ankara, Trend correspondent reported from a press conference in the Foreign Ministry December 19.
Although the protests took place in the midnight hours, the Turkish police protected the buildings and no damage was reported, he added.
The Iranian diplomat said that Iran has received information showing that “some regional players” were behind the protests.
A group of people in the Turkish cities of Istanbul and Ankara staged three-day demonstrations since Dec. 14 outside Iranian and Russian diplomatic missions protesting against measures taken by Tehran and Moscow to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government as well as to protest the ongoing crisis in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Following the protests Iranian First Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri postponed his scheduled Monday visit to Turkey.
However, Bahram Qassemi said that the visit was postponed due to the official’s tight schedule.