|Iran says it welcomes efforts to promote security in region||
TEHRAN – Tehran welcomes any initiative which can help promote security in regional countries, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Wednesday.
Her remarks came after Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay accused Iran of trying to disrupt the peace process with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
According to Press TV, Atalay on Monday claimed that most factors that have spawned and fed terrorism in Turkey come from outside the borders of that country.
He also referred to the peace process between the Turkish government and the PKK, alleging that the Turkish government has reliable information which indicates a link between some foreign countries and the top PKK brass aimed at derailing the peace process.
Iran believes that promotion of security in Turkey will positively affect security in Iran and the entire region, she noted.
Afkham added that making false claims cannot resolve internal problems.
“Relations between Iran and Turkey are based on mutual respect and trust and that Tehran’s cooperation with Ankara has been a key factor in reducing security problems in Turkey,” she stated.
“This cooperation reflects Iran’s goodwill to expand ties with Turkey.”
She went on to say that unfortunately these remarks have come at a time when the two countries are preparing to hold meetings at the level of high-ranking officials.
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