Iran asks Turkish envoy to explain Erdogan comments


Iran has asked Turkey’s top diplomat in Tehran to explain remarks by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heavily critical of Iran’s role in Yemen and the region.

In the absence of its ambassador, Turkey’s charge d’affaires has been “invited” to respond to “the Islamic republic’s objection and regret over Erdogan’s inappropriate and unusual comments,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in a statement.

“We demand a clear and convincing response,” Afkham added amid calls for Erdogan’s planned visit to Tehran next month to be cancelled.

Turkey has expressed support for a Saudi-led coalition that is conducting airstrikes against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The coalition has vowed to keep up the raids until the rebels abandon their insurrection against President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh.