Pass the popcorn
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Iran 'will pay
' for starting 'rumors' that Turkey is buying oil from ISIS.
Turkey on Sunday said it was "astonished" by Iranian accusations that
Ankara is supporting Islamic State (ISIS) and involved in oil dealing
with the jihadists in Iraq and Syria.
Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in a statement
there was nothing in Tehran's accusations to take "seriously."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he had warned
his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani over some Iranian media reports
that he and his family were involved in oil trade with ISIS jihadists.
Erdogan said that he spoke with Rouhani on the phone and told him:
"You will pay a high price if it continues like that." He added that the
Iranians later removed the news from their website.
Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Bilgic confirmed the telephone
conversation between the two presidents and said any attempts to distort
its content were "not only immoral but also equal to hiding the truth
from neighboring Iranian people."
In response to Erdogan, Iranian foreign ministry on Friday called for
"mutual politeness and respect in relations," according to the Iranian
"The continuation of policies and positions that, wanted or unwanted,
have led to the support of terrorism in Syria and Iraq, only escalate
the current crisis in the region and increase problems for countries
that continue such policies," Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hossein
Jaber-Ansari said according to IRNA.
Labels: Ayatollah Ali Khameni, Iran, ISIS, Islamic State, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey