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Intelligence cooperation between Turkey and Iran is in a good state which disturbs Western powers and Israel, according to the Iranian ambassador

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High level official meetings show the strength of relations, Bigdeli says. Hürriyet photo, Levent KULU

High level official meetings show the strength of relations, Bigdeli says. Hürriyet photo, Levent KULU

The intelligence cooperation between Turkey and Iran is in a “very, very good state,” according to the Iranian Ambassador Alireza Bigdeli.

Speaking to the daily Hürriyet, Bigdeli said the intelligence cooperation between the two countries were at a level that should be between strong neighbors and brothers, which bothered Western powers, as well as Israeli authorities.

“Why do they not like it when Turkish and Iranian intelligence agencies cooperate? They expect Turkey to have good cooperation with MOSSAD or CIA. There is that side to it. Turkish and Iranian agencies always have cooperation, and they should have so, and they will have so. It is normal between neighbors to have that, but they treat it with doubt,” Bigdeli said.

When asked about the recent claims of Turkey handing over Israeli spies to Iranian authorities, Bigdeli did not go into details, and just said, “I’ve been here for only seven months. The claims in that story go back a year. I have no information regarding them.”

Bigdeli, however, said he had met with Hakan Fidan when he was doing his rounds before taking on the post.

The Iranian envoy further told Hürriyet Iranian and Turkish agencies cooperated during the rescue of the Turkish pilots who had been kidnapped in Lebanon, and the Iranian citizens who were retrieved from Syria.

Bigdeli said Iranian-Turkish relations contained many levels and dimensions, and to assume a rift on Syria’s policies would cause a rift between the countries would be wrong.

“Unlike what is assumed by others, the relations between the two countries are so deep that an issue like Syria cannot have that great of an impact. If it had been two other countries that experienced the last few months, they could have gone through serious crises. But the warmth between us has never gone away,” Bigdeli said.

The Iranian envoy cited recent visits by high-level officials to the countries, including a meeting between the presidents while they were both in New York.

“All this can show nothing but warmth. Why do newspapers write about the closeness of intelligence agencies between two countries? Well, that’s why,” Bigdeli said.

November/04/2013

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Blue Beyond

11/4/2013 9:28:14 PM

@ilker avni. There was Jewish civilization in the area now known as Turkey about 1,000 years before the Turks arrived. Turks are johnnies-come-lately and AKP still does not understand the neighborhood. You are forced into a relationship with Iran because all other Sunni states have little use for Shia Iran. Your PM sought alliances with Muslim Brotherhood regimes but that was an error. He has put Turkey on the wrong side of history.

alkan alkan

11/4/2013 7:57:46 PM

The face of this man is straight out of Dr. Lombroso's picture gallery..!

ivan mezei

11/4/2013 7:34:47 PM

Its one thing to chart an independent course in foreign policy, but its naive and to think that a country like Turkey can dance at all the parties.That is a walk on a tight rope and its a long way down. Be the friend of Iran but dont expect to have the NATO's best interest at heart. Dont threaten Assad when Iran is comited to defending him. Zero problems with neighbours is a fallacy when Turkeys neighbours have different agendas. Mr. Erdogan is seen a talker.At least Iran is smarter it does.

ilker avni

11/4/2013 6:00:46 PM

@Aryeh Rapaport To tell Iran to carry on enriching uranium.

ilker avni

11/4/2013 5:11:24 PM

@Aryeh rapaport Thet is no secret Turkey and Iran have bilatrual relations,Turkey and Iran both have a terroist problem with the kurds both share inteligence.@Optimistic23 Justa reminder Turkey, is a front line country with nato radar sheild in turkey protecting israel against Iranian missiles,If Israel attacks Iran,it will be upto nato to protect turkey,leaving turkey vunerable to israels actions and Iranian missiles.

Tekion Particle

11/4/2013 4:17:57 PM

Sharing intel with Iran is very worrying...

Ken Alden

11/4/2013 3:04:08 PM

@Aryeh, perhaps he seeks assurances that they will not train, you know whom, of course!

ilker avni

11/4/2013 2:56:48 PM

Relations between Turkey and Iran is historic,its goes back centuries longer than Turkeys and Israels,Iran is more important than DISHONOURABLE Israel.Israel wants to demolish Al-Aqsa mosque and erdicate Islamic history under Zionists BIBI.Large scale intervention from Arab states will happen you can be sure of that.

Red Tail

11/4/2013 1:23:35 PM

Every year there are Turkish farmers and shepards shot by Iranian border patrols.

ilker avni

11/4/2013 12:31:50 PM

@Sami soulima Your comment is full of bias hatered,because Israel is a bankrupt state that is reliant on american handouts.,Israel will come running to kiss turkeys hand,and beg forgivness for the murder of nine turks.
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