Iran tells Turkey: Change tack or face trouble

By REUTERS
October 8, 2011 22:36




TEHRAN - A key aide to Iran's supreme leader said on Saturday Turkey must radically rethink its policies on Syria, the NATO missile shield and promoting Muslim secularism in the Arab world -- or face trouble from its own people and neighbors.

In an interview with the semi-official Mehr news agency, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's military adviser described Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's invitation to Arab countries to adopt Turkish-style democracy as "unexpected and unimaginable".

While cheering crowds greeted Erdogan on his recent tour of North Africa, Tehran accused him of serving US interests by opposing Syrian President Bashar Assad's crackdown on street protests and agreeing to NATO's missile defense.

"The behavior of Turkish statesmen towards Syria and Iran is wrong and, I believe, they are acting in line with the goals of America," Major-General Yahya Rahim-Safavi told Mehr.


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