Iran seeks to calm Turkey over missile threats

December 14, 2011 17:31

ISTANBUL/TEHRAN - Iran's foreign minister has told Turkey that threats by Iranian political and military figures to strike Turkish missile defenses if attacked do not represent official policy.

Ties between Turkey and Iran have been sorely tested by an uprising in Syria and Turkey's involvement in NATO's missile shield, which Tehran sees as a US ploy to protect Israel.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu telephoned his Iranian counterpart to express unease over recent threats to target Turkey if Iran comes under attack, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Twitter.

"We have made the necessary warning to those who make irresponsible and senseless statements," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told Turkey's state-run Anatolian agency.

"The official view of the Islamic Republic of Iran towards Turkey is based on deep brotherhood and friendship," he said.

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