Turkey blames Israel, US for anti-regime protests in Iran

A Turkish official reiterated his country’s position toward the Iranian government on Wednesday, clarifying that Ankara values the Iranian government’s stability and supports the way Tehran is responding to the anti-government protests. He also said that Israel and America are responsible for the protests.
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are encouraging the demonstrators to protest against the regime in Tehran, echoing Iran’s claims that Israel and the United States are the driving force behind the violent protests.

In an interview with CNN TURK, Cavusoglu stressed that the Turkish government is against all external involvement in Iran. Earlier this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that he supports the way that the Iranian government is handling the wave of protests, which began on Friday. Erdoğan added that the Iranian government’s stability is important to his country.

On Tuesday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley praised the protesters, echoing the support they have already received from President Donald Trump. Haley added that Washington is pushing for a series of emergency meetings with UN agencies, such as the Security Council and Human Rights Council, regarding Iran.

Haley slammed the Iranian leaders’ attempts to blame the protests on external forces. “We all know that’s complete nonsense,” she said. “The demonstrations are completely spontaneous. They are virtually in every city in Iran. This is the precise picture of a long-oppressed people’s rising up against their dictators.”

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