Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:5PM
The file photo shows a view of the Iranian Foreign Ministry's building in the capital, Tehran.
The file photo shows a view of the Iranian Foreign Ministry's building in the capital, Tehran.

Iran has summoned the Turkish ambassador to Tehran over the recent unconstructive remarks and claims by the Turkey’s president and foreign minister against the Islamic Republic.

In a meeting on Monday, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour handed over an official letter of protest to the Turkish ambassador to Tehran, Reza Hakan Tekin.

During a recent visit to Bahrain, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly accused Iran of seeking to destabilize Iraq and Syria.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, also criticized what he called an Iranian "sectarian policy" aimed at undermining Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, saying, "Turkey is very much against any kind of division, religious or sectarian.”

The remarks by the Turkish officials came despite the fact that Ankara is widely known as a staunch supporter of militants wreaking havoc in Syria, providing them with money and arms as well as free passage through Turkish soil to Syria.

This as Iran has been providing military advisory support to both Iraq and Syria in their campaign against terrorism at the request of the two countries’ governments.

The Islamic Republic was among the first countries to help Iraq when the Daesh terrorist group unleashed a campaign of death and destruction in the northern and western parts of the Arab country in 2014.

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