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News code: 19766
Published Date: Saturday 13 October 2012 - 12:54:14

Erdogan bellicosity mere electioneering

Erdogan bellicosity mere electioneering
IRAN  - A senior Iranian lawmaker has criticized Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for stepping up the rhetoric of war against Syria, saying his remarks are intended more for campaign purposes ahead of Turkey's elections.

"Considering the fact that elections are forthcoming in Turkey, these remarks have merely political and campaigning qualities," Head of Iran's Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Saturday.

He added that Erdogan seeks to "justify Turkey's investment" in inciting the crisis in Syria so that the issue will not be considered a weak point in the Turkish government."

On October 7, the Turkish premier emphasized the need for his nation to be ready to go to war with neighboring Syria at any moment.

Boroujerdi warned that the continuation of the crisis in Syria would not be beneficial to the region, urging the countries that are playing a role in the Arab nation's unrest, particularly Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, to make efforts to resolve it.

  • He added that Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are playing a role in the Syrian unrest by providing financial assistance, training and weapons for the insurgents in Syria.

The Iranian legislator emphasized that countries should help Syria resolve the ongoing unrest because Damascus is still at the forefront of the axis of resistance and a pioneer of the fight against the Israeli regime's extremism.

Tensions between Syria and Turkey have been mounting. Ankara held Damascus responsible for a mortar shell that was fired into a southeastern Turkish village, killing five civilians.

Turkey's parliament has also approved military action inside Syria if deemed necessary.

Turkey has beefed up its military presence on its border with Syria over the past weeks, stationing tanks, anti-aircraft missiles, and additional troops in the area.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the insurgents are foreign nationals.

News Code: 19766
Published Date: Saturday 13 October 2012 - 12:54:14
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