21 Feb 2024
Sputnik- The Iranian governments recommendations that its citizens should avoid traveling to Turkey, which followed the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov in Ankara, do not mean that the relations between Tehran and Istanbul are "abnormal," Speaker of Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani said Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) Larijani also called onthe Turkish government toavoid expressing any unneighborly attitudes, referring toTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogans speech duringvisit toBahrain, when he accused Tehran ofseeking defragmentation ofboth Syria and Iraq.
"The [recommendation that Iranians] avoid traveling toTurkey does not mean abnormal ties. We have totake such measures toprotect the lives ofour citizens Turkey is a friend ofours, and we have high-level trade ties withthat country," Larijani said ata press conference inTehran, asquoted bythe Tasnim news agency.

The relations betweenTurkey and Iran are based onthe principle ofnon-interference ininternal affairs. Since the start ofthe Syrian war, the countries took oppositesides, withTurkey supporting the Syrian opposition, while Iran backs the government ofPresident Bashar Assad.

Karlov was shot dead onDecember 19 byTurkish off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas atthe opening ofan art gallery exhibition. The Iranian Foreign Ministry urged citizens toavoid traveling toTurkey followingthe incident.

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