Jan 03 2018

Two people supporting Iranian protests: Netanyahu and Trump - Turkish FM

“Two people are supporting the protests in Iran,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told reporters in Ankara on Wednesday. “Netanyahu and Trump,” he said, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump.

“We want the clashes to stop as soon as possible and for stability to return,” Hürriyet newspaper quoted Çavuşoğlu as saying.

Çavuşoğlu accused countries critical of Iran of being hypocritical.

“Countries that criticise Iran need to be sincere and avoid double standards,” he said. “There was a coup in Egypt and everyone supported it. I thought you were against coups?”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also called his Iranian counterpart to discuss ongoing protests, Islamist newspaper Yeni Şafak reported.

Erdoğan used the call to emphasise the importance of maintaining social harmony, it quoted palace sources as saying, and said that the protesters should not break the law while exercising their constitutional rights.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani thanked Erdoğan and said he hoped that the protests would end soon.

The call comes after state news agency Anadolu quoted Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesman Mahir Ünal as saying that Iran was "facing very serious manipulation" from “some global powers”.

"Right now, Iran is experiencing this, facing very serious manipulation when we look at the statements from America, especially Trump," he said.

 

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