No Place for Coups in Our Region

Friday, July 15, 2016

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has voiced “deep concern” about the coup attempt in neighboring Turkey, saying the region is no place for putsches.

“Deeply concerned about the crisis in Turkey. Stability, democracy & safety of Turkish people are paramount. Unity & prudence are imperative,” Zarif said.

“Turkish people’s brave defense of democracy & their elected government proves that coups have no place in our region and are doomed to fail,” he tweeted hours later.

The Iranian Foreign Minister has spoken three times on the telephone with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu about an attempted military coup in Turkey.

After the coup attempt on Friday, July 15, Zarif and Cavusoglu exchanged views on the latest developments in three separate phone calls.

The Turkish foreign minister briefed his Iranian counterpart on the situation in Turkey.

The coup attempt, launched late on Friday night, plunged Turkey into hours of chaos unseen in decades during which soldiers and tanks took to the streets and multiple explosions rang out throughout the night in Ankara and Istanbul.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also said the solution to regional problems does not lie in the use of force but rather in respecting democracy, adding that the era of military coups has come to a close.

“We live in a region, where some still think that they can transfer power through coups or overthrow a government elected by people’s votes with the use of military tanks, artillery, aircraft and helicopter,” he said.

They “have failed to realize that the era of coup is over, and that coups and tanks are not the solution. They must come to the understanding that the solution to problems is democracy and respecting the votes of the majority,” he added.

Rouhani said, “Today is the day when issues can be settled at ballot boxes, and people can make their voice heard” through their votes.

Rouhani also touched on last year’s nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries, saying the Iranian nation “cut off the hands of aggressors and the US as a result of the JCPOA.”

In the nuclear negotiations, Iran managed to consolidate its right to use peaceful nuclear energy, he added.

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani also said the Islamic Republic is concerned about the situation in Turkey, adding that Iran is in full control of all its ground and aerial borders with Turkey.

He further said that Tehran believes the Turkish nation’s security and peace will be jeopardized by instability in the country.

“We support Turkey's legal government and oppose any type of coup - either initiated domestically or supported by foreign sides,” the SNSC Secretary Ali Shamkhani said

He added that Iran condemns any military move to forcefully impose one's political will and supports the resolve and demands of the Turkish people.

Shamkhani added that staging any type of coup runs counter to real demands of people and said, “What has determined the fate of Turkey’s developments were the will and presence of the nation and vigilance of political parties who's contribution thwarted this coup.”

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has also hailed the victory of democracy and national will over "a desperate bid" in Turkey to topple the country’s government through an military coup.

In a message to Turkey’s Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman, Larijani offered many congratulations to his counterpart, members of the parliament, government and people in Turkey on the “victory of the nation’s will, national sovereignty and democracy over a desperate and doomed measure” against the country’s democratically-elected bodies.

“Events over past few hours showed very well that the nations’ vote, will and demand are decisive,” the Iranian parliament speaker said.

As an establishment which relies on people’s votes and demands as well as Islamic principles, Iran has always supported democratically-elected governments as well as their people and national sovereignty, he added.

Larijani said Iran’s parliament “condemns the military move against democratically-elected institutions, particularly the attack on Turkey’s parliament as the symbol of democracy and the nation’s will and demand.”

He reiterated that the Iranian government and nation would fully support the “Muslim people of the friend and brother country” of Turkey.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi has also expressed “grave concern” about the security of neighboring Turkey, saying the Islamic Republic supports the democratically-elected Turkish government.

“We are deeply concerned about stability, security, unity, democracy and the rule of law in Turkey,” Qasemi said.

The Islamic Republic calls for restraint from resorting to violence in Turkey and “closely and carefully follows developments in its neighboring country.”

“A stable, secure and democratic Turkey is a priority for the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Qasemi said and expressed hope that complete stability and peace would be restored to the country as soon as possible.

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman also strongly condemned the Thursday, July 14, terrorist attack in the French city of Nice which claimed lives of 84 people and injured many more.

Bahram Qassemi, expressing his deep sorrow over the terrorist attack in Nice said, "Any negligence and double standard in dealing with terrorism is deplorable and doomed to failure."

Expressing his condolences to the bereaved families, Qassemi said; "As Iran has always said, terrorism is an ominous phenomenon which cannot be uprooted but with international cooperation and consensus."

At least 84 have lost their lives and some 50 others sustained injuries when a truck ran through a crowd of people celebrating the French National Day, commonly known as the Bastille Day, in the southern French city of Nice.

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