Turkey “concerned” about violence in Iran

Turkey said on Tuesday it was concerned about the loss of life in protests in Iran, its first statement on the turmoil in the neighbouring country after six nights of demonstrations.

“(We are) concerned about news that there have been people killed and also damage done to public buildings in events that began in Iran on Dec. 28 and have continued and spread,” Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry reminded Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that it was the right of the people to hold peaceful demonstrations and that the government should avoid violence and provocation.

“We desire that these escalating events be overcome with the establishment of peace and tolerance coming to reign over the country straight away, and that provocative speech and outside interference will be avoided in these developments,” it said.


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