Iranian Foreign Ministry announced Friday that the Turkish envoy in Tehran has been summoned over the remarks made by Turkish President Erdogan during his visit to the Azerbaijan Republic.
The Ministry’s spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Turkish Ambassador to Tehran Derya Örs has been summoned following ‘meddlesome and unacceptable’ remarks of Erdogan made during his trip to Baku, according to Iranian media reports.
Tehran has voiced its ‘strong protest’ against such remarks, urging the Turkish government to offer explanations as soon as possible, according to the spokesman.
Earlier on Friday, Foreign Minister Zarif took to Twitter to protest Erdogan.
“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,” Zarif tweeted.
On Thursday, Erdogan traveled to Baku to attend a military parade of Azerbaijani forces.
At the ceremony, which was also attended by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Erdogan recited a separatist poem about the Aras River on the Iranian-Azerbaijani border.