TEHRAN – Iran’s Overseas Ministry summoned Friday Turkey’s ambassador to Iran over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s controversial poem that was recited throughout a parade in Baku.
The poem implies that the Azeri-populated Iranian provinces of Azerbaijan had been a part of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
“They separated the Aras River and stuffed it with rocks and rods. I cannot be separated from you. They’ve separated us forcibly,” the poem says. Aras is a border river between the Republic of Azerbaijan and two ethnic-Azeri Turk majority provinces in Iran.
Iranian Overseas Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh introduced on Friday afternoon that the Overseas Ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador in response to Erdogan’s “interventionist and unacceptable” remarks throughout his journey to Baku.
“Immediately, Friday, December 11, 2020, the Turkish ambassador in Tehran was summoned to the Overseas Ministry by the Assistant Minister and Director Common of Eurasia, and whereas expressing sturdy protest, it was underlined to the ambassador that the Islamic Republic of Iran desires a direct clarification from the Turkish authorities,” Khatibzadeh mentioned in an announcement.
He added, “Through the summoning, the Turkish ambassador was knowledgeable that the period of territorial claims and warmongering and expansionist empires was over.”
Khatibzadeh additionally mentioned that the Overseas Ministry informed the ambassador that Iran is not going to permit anybody to intervene within the nation’s territorial integrity.
“It was burdened to the Turkish ambassador that the Islamic Republic of Iran doesn’t permit anybody to intervene in its territorial integrity and, as its superb historical past exhibits, it is not going to compromise on its nationwide safety in any respect,” the spokesman said.
Earlier on Friday, Iranian Overseas Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif additionally responded to Erdogan’s poem, saying that the poem was mistaken.
“Pres. Erdogan was not knowledgeable that what he ill-recited in Baku refers back to the forcible separation of areas north of Aras from Iranian motherland. Did not he understand that he was undermining the sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan? NO ONE can discuss OUR beloved Azerbaijan,” the chief Iranian diplomat tweeted.
Zarif additionally revealed the identical tweet in Persian, a language he hardly ever makes use of on Twitter. The Persian model of the tweet is barely completely different from the English one.
“They didn’t inform Erdogan that the poem that he wrongly recited in Baku is said to the forcible separation of areas north of Aras from Iranian motherland,” Zarif mentioned within the Persian tweet.
The Erdogan poem additionally sparked outrage amongst Iranians on social media platforms, with many customers responding by publishing historic maps exhibiting the Republic of Azerbaijan itself as soon as was a part of Iran.
Iranian former and present officers additionally responded to the controversial poem. Jalil Rahimi Jahanabadai, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s Nationwide Safety and Overseas Coverage Committee, mentioned Erdogan’s positions don’t make sure the safety of the area.
“Erdogan’s positions and slogans of pan-Turkism don’t make sure the safety of the area, nor are they according to the pursuits and pleasant relations between Iran and Turkey. Traditionally, essential components of the Center East, Central Asia, past the Caucasus, even Europe and Africa, had been as soon as beneath Iranian management,” lawmaker Jahanabadai defined.