Iran Backs Democratically Elected Gov’t in Turkey: Spokesman

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman voiced Tehran’s support for the democratically-elected government of Turkey after an abortive military coup created chaos in the neighbouring country.

The Islamic Republic of Iran recommends avoiding violence in Turkey, Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday, July 16, stressing that Tehran supports Ankara’s democratically-elected government.

The spokesman added that Iran is closely monitoring the situation in Turkey, saying, “We are deeply concerned about stability, security, unity, democracy and rule of law in Turkey.”

He further stressed that a “stable, safe and democratic Turkey” is of high priority for Iran, expressing the hope that calm would soon return to the neighbouring nation.

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