Iran has summoned the Turkish ambassador to protest over controversial poems recited by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his address to the Azerbaijani army on Thursday.
On the other hand, Turkey responded to Iran by summoned the Iranian ambassador to Ankara to record protest.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has expressed outrage at Tehran’s accusations against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calling them “baseless” and formally protesting the Iranian ambassador.
Earlier on Friday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry asked Ankara to explain the incident of reciting poems about the disputed area in President Erdogan’s speech.
Tehran says the era of expansionist ambitions is over. Iran will not allow anyone to undermine its sovereignty or its security.
The Foreign Ministry stressed that Iran would not allow any party to target its territorial integrity and would do everything possible to defend its interests.
During a speech to the Azerbaijani army in Baku on Thursday, the Turkish president recited some poems from the Aras region, which provoked strong outrage in Iran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Erdogan had not been notified that the poems he had recited in Baku had been “incorrectly” linked to the northern part of Aras.
In a tweet on his Twitter page, Zarif asked in Persian and English if he (Erdogan) could not understand that he was speaking out against the independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan. “No one can talk about our beloved Azerbaijan”, he added.
Pres. Erdogan was not informed that what he ill-recited in Baku refers to the forcible separation of areas north of Aras from Iranian motherland
Didn't he realize that he was undermining the sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan?
NO ONE can talk about OUR beloved Azerbaijan
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) December 11, 2020