Khatibzadeh: Azarbaijan, ever firm citadle of Iran

Tehran (IP) - The Spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry advised the Turkish people who well know Iran's history to remind their officials to review the roots of the poems they want to cite.

Iran Press/Iran news: In a Friday tweet, Saeed Khatibzadeh said the Turkish ambassador was told that establishing foreign policy upon fantasies is not wise. 

Khatibzadeh stressed that "Azarbaijan" has always been a fortified citadel of Iran.

The spokesman of Iran's Foreign Ministry announced the summoning of the Turkish ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran Foreign Ministry in response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's interfering and unacceptable remarks during his visit to Baku.

Khtibzadeh added that the Assistant Foreign Minister and the Director-General of Eurasia Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Turkish ambassador to Tehran and, while conveying Iran’s strong protest, stressed an immediate explanation from the Turkish government in this regard.

"The Turkish ambassador was informed that the era of territorial claims and warmongering and expansionist empires has passed for many years," the spokesman reminded. 

He noted: "The Turkish ambassador was informed that the Islamic Republic of Iran does not allow anyone to interfere in its territorial integrity and, as its glorious history testifies, Iran does not draw in one's horn regarding its national security.” 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan traveled to Baku on Thursday to attend a military parade of Azerbaijani forces on the occasion of the liberation of the Armenian-occupied territories. 

At the ceremony, which was also attended by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Erdogan recited a bit of a separatist poem about the Aras River on the border between Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan. His remarks have provoked reactions from the country's officials.

On Friday, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran said in response to the comments by the Turkish President Erdogan that nobody can talk malice about the Azerbaijan Republic.

In a Friday tweet, Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote: "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".


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