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Iran slams Turkey PM’s tomb visit in Syria

Iran has slammed Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for crossing into Syria to visit an alleged Ottoman tomb, saying the move posed a danger to the entire Middle East.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses the importance of respecting countries’ sovereignty and regards this move as a dangerous step for the region,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Monday.

She added that the move can further complicate the situation in the region.

Afkham expressed regret that some countries make miscalculations about regional developments.

She stressed the need to refrain from any provocative measure and said, “Compliance with international regulations and respect for countries’ sovereignty are well-established principles that should be observed by all countries.”

On May 10, the Turkish premier paid a visit to the tomb of Suleyman Shah (Süleyman Şah Türbesi), the grandfather of Osman I (Osman Gazi), the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

The unannounced trip was reportedly the first such visit by a Turkish political leader to the tomb, which is considered Turkish property based on an accord signed between Turkey and France back in 1921.

Images released following the visit show Davutoglu paying homage to Turkish soldiers stationed there.

The tomb used to be deep inside the Syrian territory before being relocated in February to another area in Aleppo province about 200 meters away from the Turkish border.

The relocation was carried out by Turkish soldiers during an incursion into Syria. Damascus slammed the Turkish army’s operation in the Syrian soil as an act of “flagrant aggression.”

Ankara has time and again been accused of supporting the so-called Free Syrian Army and ISIL Takfiri terrorists operating in Syria, which has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011.


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