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Turkey Advises Regional States to Pay Heed to Iran's Views

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TEHRAN, July 11 (ICANA) – Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu advised the regional rulers facing popular uprisings in their countries to exchange views with Tehran, reminding that Iran as a regional power holds vitally precious views which could help resolve problems in such countries.
Monday, July 11, 2011 10:06:44 PM
Turkey Advises Regional States to Pay Heed to Iran's Views

Speaking to reporters at a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi here in Tehran late Sunday, Davutoglu said that he and Salehi had discussed regional issues as well as the recent political developments in the Middle-East and North Africa.

The Turkish foreign minister noted the recent popular uprisings in Bahrain, Yemen and Libya, and said all countries should exchange views with Iran (as a major regional country) on developments in their countries.

"We are against any attempt that contradicts human rights and opposes people's demands," the Turkish foreign minister added.

"We hope that the political developments of the region will result in stability of the region and the ruling systems would pay heed to people's legitimate demands for reforms," he added.

Iran announced in June that it has prepared a proposal to settle the existing problems in Bahrain, and said it is waiting for the Bahraini government's readiness to discuss the plan.

"We are having consultations with different parties and we will declare our readiness for offering the proposal whenever they announce that they are ready," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told FNA on the sidelines of the second international conference on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation in Tehran in mid June.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had earlier made similar comments in a press conference here in Tehran.

"I hope that in the near future conditions are prepared and we can present our proposal so they can resolve the issue," Ahmadinejad told a press conference in early June, without elaborating on his plan.


Dismissing claims that Iran meddles in Bahrain's internal affairs, President Ahmadinejad said, "Had Iran wanted to interfere in regional affairs, the entire region would have been affected."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has never had any problem with any country of the region," Ahmadinejad reiterated.

"The ruler of Bahrain should sit down and negotiate with his people. It is not acceptable for him to have unlimited responsibilities. This is not accepted anywhere...The people should have the right to vote, a vote that is both free and just," he added.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's over-40-year rule.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13 to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

So far, tens of people have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and about 1,000 others have been injured.

The Bahraini people have repeatedly condemned Riyadh's main role in the suppression of their revolution, and reiterated that they would continue protests until the collapse of the Al-Khalifa regime.

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