Turkey’s Erdogan Accuses Iran of Trying To Dominate The Middle East


Peace and Freedom

By Humeyra Pamuk

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Iran on Thursday of trying to dominate the Middle East and said its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ruled Turkey in increasingly authoritarian fashion since becoming prime minister in 2003

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ruled Turkey in increasingly authoritarian fashion since becoming prime minister in 2003. Photograph: AP

Turkey earlier said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen and called on the militia group and its “foreign supporters” to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region.

“Iran is trying to dominate the region,” said Erdogan, who is due to visit Tehran in early April. “Could this be allowed? This has begun annoying us, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. This is really not tolerable and Iran has to see this,” he added in a press conference.

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