Turkey: We won’t allow Iran strike

In joint press conference with Iranian counterpart, Turkish foreign minister says Ankara won’t allow its territory to be used for Iran strike
Dudi Cohen

Turkish support for Iran: Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday that his country will not allow its territory to be used for a strike on Iran, adding that Ankara does not perceive Tehran as a threat.



Speaking at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Ahmet Davutoğlu referred to the deployment of a NATO radar in Turkey, stressing that it cannot be used against Iran.



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„This is a defensive system, which is part of a NATO defensive system,” he said. „During our talks I stressed that this system cannot be used against any of Turkey’s neighbors.”



The Turkish FM added that public or secretive NATO documents do not refer to Iran as a target.



„We won’t allow a strike on any neighbor from our territory; this is our position,” Davutoğlu said.




Meanwhile, Iranian FM Ali Akbar Salehi referred to the latest sanctions imposed by the United States and to the recent European oil embargo, dismissing them and vowing that Iran will resist them.



„Iran is unconcerned about the latest sanctions, which are aimed at forcing it to stop its nuclear work,” he said, adding that „Iran shall survive the storm.”



„Iran, through help from above, was always willing to face such hostile acts,” he said. „We’re not concerned at all by the sanctions.”