Iran does not trust Turkish democracy

Iran does not trust Turkish democracy

Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 7
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

After the Justice and Development Party came to power in Turkey, Ankara made no secret of its ambitions in the region, especially with respect to the Arab countries. Turkish authorities have repeatedly stated that Turkish democracy may become a model for a number of Arab countries.

At the same time, ethnic differences, religion, culture and history of the Arab countries, where it was planned to export the Turkish democracy, were not taken into account.

Along with Ankara, Tehran also has never hidden its ambitions with regard to neighboring Arab countries. When the "Arab Spring" started a number of these countries, Iran has regarded it as a starting point for the expansion of the Islamic revolution there.

Today, the "Arab Spring", which eventually evolved into armed clashes in several Arab countries, is a real threat for both Iran and Turkey.

But, unlike Iran, Turkey is in a more difficult position, since terrorists from almost all Western countries use the Turkish route in order to join the ranks of militants of "Islamic state", as well as other terrorist organizations.

Though there are currently serious differences on a number of issues, especially the Syrian, Iraqi and Yemeni crisis between Iran and Turkey, the parties continue to cooperate in the economic sphere.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a short-term visit to Tehran on Apr.7. Turkish delegation included the country's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Customs and Trade Nurettin Canikli, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz and other government members.

Furthermore, Erdogan during his visit to Iran was also accompanied by the head of the Turkish intelligence Hakan Fidan.

Along with the political issues, which were the main subject of discussion, the parties also discussed the further development of economic relations.

The bilateral trade turnover between Turkey and Iran stood at $13.6 billion in 2014, according to Turkish Statistical Institute, while this figure was equal to $14.4 billion in 2013.

Turkey and Iran intend to bring the volume of bilateral trade turnover to $30 billion for a short period of time.

Participation of Minister of Customs and Trade Nurettin Canikli in the visit suggests that the parties were also discussing the issue regarding Turkish carriers.

Earlier, Turkish authorities accused the Iranian side stating that although the two sides reached an agreement in 2014 to facilitate the entry of Turkish transporters to Iran, the latter hasn't completely fulfilled its obligations.

It is not ruled out that the sides will be able to agree on this issue.

Nevertheless, alongside with political problems, Turkey and Iran have some problems in the energy sphere, to be more precisely, the court of arbitration on the price for the gas supplied from Iran to Turkey.

Ankara appealed to the International Court of Arbitration regarding the price on Iranian gas in March 2012.

It is expected that the International Court of Arbitration will issue a decision on this lawsuit.

It is not ruled out that Ankara and Tehran will succeed to solve their economic problems in order to further develop the partnership. But it will not be easy to resolve the political problems.

It should be noted that earlier, Turkish president's remarks on Iran's support to Shiite rebels in Yemen caused sharp reaction from some Iranian parliamentarians.

Before the start of the military operations in Yemen, Erdogan said that Iran aspires to dominate the region which is unacceptable. He added that this has already started irritating Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf countries and Iran should know that.

Today, the similar remarks were made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. He said Ankara can be a mediator in the settlement of the crisis in Yemen, however, Iran's unilateral support to Shiites in Iraq, Syria and Yemen leads the whole region to catastrophe and Tehran should revise its policy.

These remarks made by Turkish foreign minister in Iran suggest that like Tehran, Ankara doesn't intend to back down from its positions.

Following the meeting, the two countries' presidents said that the crisis in Yemen was the main topic in the negotiations, adding that the sides are against the bloodshed in the region. Iranian president said that interference of other countries in this crisis is inadmissible.

No matter how much Turkey will try to be a mediator between the opposing sides in Yemen, especially between Iran and Saudi Arabia, its attempts will not bring any results.

Although Turkey assesses Iran's growing interests from the political point of view, it is an ideological issue for Iran.

In one world, no matter how the economic relations develop between Iran and Turkey, Tehran doesn't trust Turkish democracy.

Rufiz Hafizoglu is the head of Trend Agency's Arabic news service, follow him on Twitter: @rhafizoglu

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Turkish President to pay visit to Qatar in December
Turkish President to pay visit to Qatar in December
Pakistan expects $3 billion reserves deposit from Saudi in days
Pakistan expects $3 billion reserves deposit from Saudi in days
Use of Sputnik Light as booster jab for all vaccines approved in UAE
Use of Sputnik Light as booster jab for all vaccines approved in UAE
Loading Bars
Canada to ban travelers from Nigeria, Malawi, Egypt over Omicron concerns
Uzbekistan reveals leading regions in amount of loans issued in 9M2021
Head of EU delegation expresses condolences to Azerbaijan over military helicopter crash
Italian Embassy expresses condolences to Azerbaijan over military helicopter crash
Georgian economy grows 6.9% in October 2021
Turkish President to pay visit to Qatar in December
Capacity of crashed military helicopter of Azerbaijan's State Security Service was 24 people
Manual counting of 29% of protocols show that 7 parties may enter Kyrgyz Parliament
AZAL plane makes emergency landing in Baku
Pakistan seeking to increase trade routes on border with Iran
UN Resident Coordinator expresses condolences over military helicopter crash in Azerbaijan
Any outside influence as cause of helicopter crash out of question - head of Azerbaijani State Border Service
Coordination Headquarters holds another meeting in Azerbaijan (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan's First Deputy Prosecutor General talks investigation, following helicopter crash
Former Turkish PM expresses condolences over helicopter crash in Azerbaijan
French ambassador expresses condolences over crash of military helicopter in Azerbaijan
UK's Ambassador expresses condolences over crash of military helicopter in Azerbaijan
Organization of Turkic States expresses condolences to Azerbaijan due to helicopter crash
Israeli ambassador expresses condolences to Azerbaijan over helicopter crash
Iranian Foreign Ministry expresses condolences to Azerbaijan over helicopter crash
Helicopter crashed while landing at Garaheybat training center – Azerbaijani State Border Service
Status of martyr to be assigned to those killed in plane crash in Azerbaijan (VIDEO)
Turkish President Erdogan holds phone talks with President Ilham Aliyev
President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva give instructions on burial of those killed in helicopter crash
Witnesses of helicopter crash being questioned in Azerbaijan – First Deputy Prosecutor General
Turkish Minister of National Defense expresses condolences to Azerbaijani Defense Minister
Flight recorder of crashed military helicopter found in Azerbaijan
Pakistani companies may partake in restoration of Azerbaijan's liberated territories (PHOTO)
Iran looks to boost its energy trade through Economic Cooperation Organization
Iran's ties with Economic Cooperation Organization to boost country's cargo transit
Azerbaijan excludes any outside interference following deadly helicopter crash
IRENEX shares data on sales of Iranol Oil Company
Gas swap agreement is mutually beneficial for Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkmenistan - experts
ICIEC Signs MOU with Japan's Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)
Israel's Bezeq Q3 profit up, raises full year outlook
Iran seeks to boost trade ties with Turkmenistan
Pakistan expects $3 billion reserves deposit from Saudi in days
Iran eyes to commission 12 new metro stations in Tehran
Oxford University says no evidence yet that vaccines won't protect against severe disease from Omicron
SOCAR’s STAR Refinery reduces crude oil imports
Iran remains optimistic about Vienna nuclear talks
FMs of Azerbaijan, Turkey hold phone talk
Turkmenistan's crude oil supplies to Turkey down
Azerbaijan's oil export volume down in 10M2021
Footage from crash scene of military helicopter of Azerbaijan’s State Fire Service (PHOTO/VIDEO)
U.S. Int'l Development Finance Corporation provides financing to Bank of Georgia for SMEs support
Kazakhstan boosts crude oil exports to Turkey
Iran's president to speak before parliament
Kazakhstan increases trade with Turkey over 9M2021
Use of Sputnik Light as booster jab for all vaccines approved in UAE
Cargo transportation via internal waters up in Kazakhstan
Central Bank of Azerbaijan reveals amount of sold foreign currency
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
Azerbaijan confirms 1,678 more COVID-19 cases, 1,934 recoveries
Azerbaijan opens criminal case on crash of military helicopter of State Border Service
Iran extends condolences to Azerbaijan over military helicopter crash
Turkey talks ongoing support in demining Azerbaijan's liberated lands
Azerbaijan reveals names of dead and wounded in military helicopter crash
Iran beats sets new domestic record regarding transit of goods
President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva express condolences to families of those killed in crash of military helicopter of State Border Service
Georgian, Ukrainian, and Moldovan PMs hold meeting in Brussels
Alliance Logistics talks potential of Zangazur corridor in increasing goods transit via Azerbaijan
Uzbek Statistics Committee reveals amount of construction work done for 10M2021
Volume of gas transportation to Turkey via TANAP disclosed
Several Azerbaijani organizations address citizens on omicron coronavirus variant
It is important to cooperate with such partners as Azerbaijan - Head of EU Delegation
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for November 30
Kazakhstan’s oil-producing company to buy batteries via tender
Azerbaijan unveils numbers of mine incidents due to illegal entry into liberated lands
Turkish MoD expresses condolences to Azerbaijan on military helicopter crash victims
Russia, Italy discuss situation in South Caucasus
Georgian Government to co-op with private sector – Business Association
UK health chief says no indication of Omicron wave so far
SOCAR Turkey forecasts growth in its total revenues for 2021
Webinar conference held for youth from Central Asia (PHOTO)
Export prices of Georgian apples increase
Azerbaijani State Customs Committee comments on alleged reduction of $300 limit for orders from abroad
Kazakhstan sees increase in pension savings
Volume of loans issued by private banks of Uzbekistan increases over year
Iran shares import data
Money transfers via Kazakhstan National Bank's payment systems down
Iran increases sale of state assets
Nepal unveils first shock table facility built with Indian aid
Non-OPEC crude oil supply to continue upward trend by 2023
Iran eyes manufacturing goods in Syria, exporting final products to third countries
Azerbaijan to launch social package in 2022 – minister
UAE's ADNOC to supply full crude volumes to Asia buyers in Feb
Azerbaijani president signs order to erect monument to famous poet in Baku
President Ilham Aliyev receives Pakistani Defense Production Minister (VIDEO)
Azerbaijan repairs Shaki ferry ship at Zigh Ship Repair and Construction Yard
Azerbaijan reveals electricity generated by power plants in October 2021
Kazakhstan's banks increase lending over 10M2021
Azerbaijan to develop single mobile app for various types of insurance – Central Bank
AZAL discloses reason for Baku-Nakhchivan flight delay
Georgia’s potato exports to Central Asia up
Russia records 32,648 new daily coronavirus cases, lowest number since Oct 15
Uzbekistan shares data on loan portfolio of its banks in 10M2021
Iran eyes increase in value of exports – IRICA
Georgia’s hazelnut exports continue to increase
Kazakhstan’s Samruk-Kazyna opens tender on car renting services
All news