Iran slams methods of fighting terrorism in ME
“The countries in the region should act responsibly with regard to the current situation and do not contribute to the exacerbation of the situation in the region,” Zarif said in a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday.
The Iranian foreign minister further referred to a recent decision by Turkey’s parliament to authorize military operations in Iraq and Syria, expressing concern about any measures that further complicate the situation in the region.
The Turkish foreign minister, for his part, expounded on the issue of Turkey’s military operations in its neighboring crisis-hit countries, affirming that Ankara is committed to respecting the sovereignty of the regional states.
On Thursday, Turkey’s 550-seat parliament voted 298-98 in favor of the motion that would provide the legal grounds for Ankara to deploy forces to Iraq and Syria. The motion will last for one year.
Political analysts believe that the controversial decision by the lawmakers pave the way for Turkey to launch attacks against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and even Syrian government forces.
The Turkish government, according to the motion, could also allow foreign forces to use the country’s soil for their operations.
Legislators from Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the People’s Democracy Party (HDP) were among those who voted against the mandate.
The parliament’s decision came days after the government stationed some 15 tanks that took position in the border town of Mursitpinar situated northwest of the Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane to Kurds.
Since September 23, the United States and its allies have been conducting airstrikes against the ISIL inside Syria without authorization from Damascus or a United Nations mandate.
Ankara has reportedly been a major supporter of foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists operating to topple the Damascus government since March 2011.
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