POLITICS > Turkey irked by Iranian general's words, but will help release hostages: FM

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A suggestion by Iran’s top general that Turkey is next in line for violence after Syria are “unacceptable," the Turkish Foreign Minister said today, but added that Ankara would nevertheless agitate for the release of Iranian nationals being held hostage in Syria.
Iranian Chief of Staff Hasan Firuzabadi’s statement came on the eve of a snap visit to Ankara by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi. The two countries' foreign ministers held talks today regarding the situation in Syria and the 48 Iranian pilgrims being held hostage by Syrian rebels in Damascus. 

"I told [Salehi] that Iranian officials should seriously consider their words before issuing statements," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said in statements to the press following the talks, adding that such statements hurt Iran's international and diplomatic relations.
Iran and Turkey differ on their approach to the incidents in Syria, but the party responsible for this difference of opinion was "no one else" but the Syrian regime, which has used heavy weapons against its own people, Davutoğlu said. 

But Davutoğlu also said Turkey "would make any sacrifice" necessary to free the 48 Iranian hostages, three of whom have already reportedly been killed by Syrian army shelling, according to the militants holding them. "Turkey's stance on this issue is a matter of principle. We will try to help and provide assistance to any humanitarian issue no matter where in the world.”  
Turkey could play a "major role" in freeing the 48 because of its links with the Syrian opposition, Iran's foreign minister said yesterday.

After the press meeting, Davutoğlu departed for Myanmar, where he will try to raise awareness about the recent massacre of Rohingya, or Arakan Muslims, in the west of the country.


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Blue Dotterel

8/9/2012 5:06:15 PM

The Turkish officers captured in Syria have been identified as Sultan Oldu and Taher Amnitiu. As well as these, five Saudi officers were captured. They to have been named. I guess the question is are these Turkish officers. If so, then maybe the Iranian minister was justified in his comments on Turkey's invovement in Syria.

Aryeh Rapaport

8/9/2012 12:10:01 AM

Syriano, What Syrian Arab Nation? Why does Assad kill Muslims? Peace, security and common sense will return to Syria when there is a Democracy. I hope you never forget who helped topple this dictator. The people who are indiscriminately killing Syrian civilians is the Syrian government. Long range missiles, tanks in city streets, Shabiha,, communities bombarded from far is the Syrian governments way. Assad and his clan will not prevail but suffer a painful blow Inshaalla...

Tamer Aslantas

8/8/2012 11:51:01 PM

Don't irk a Turk!

Safiyah Noor Page

8/8/2012 6:48:46 PM

Daniel is correct. If they are Revolutionary Guard they realized what the mission was and were caught assisting Al Assad. It is horrifying to me to think of the mischief that they would have gotten into had they not been captured. May Allah help the Brothers and Sisters in Syria and free them from that tyrant.

Syriano Syrian

8/8/2012 5:52:40 PM

Why does Turkey support the Zionist agenda and help kill there muslim brothers in Syria? Long live our president Bashar al Assad. Peace, security and common sense will return soon to Syria but we will never forget who helped the terrorists killing civilians and destroying the syrian arab nation.

mara mcglothin

8/8/2012 4:26:44 PM

Does anyone else find it amusing that this man would be giving the advice "to think before you speak". This is the pot calling the kettle black to be sure. He is always putting his foot in his mouth internationally and has repeatedly embarrassed Turkey on many occasions. I guess he would know what happens when you speak out of turn.

Aryeh Rapaport

8/8/2012 3:48:17 PM

If 48 Iranians are tourists they should be freed. We cant be supporting blood thirsty killers.

Tayyar Abi

8/8/2012 3:36:52 PM

They aren't hostages. They are prisoners of war. Or possibly spies and it is permissable to execute spies in time of war.
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