News ID: 207564
Published: 0228 GMT January 05, 2018

Erdogan accuses US, Israel of 'meddling' in Iran, Pakistan

Erdogan accuses US, Israel of 'meddling' in Iran, Pakistan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States and Israel on Friday of meddling in Iran after Turkey's neighbor was gripped by several days of deadly unrest.

A total of 21 people died in the week-long protests that began over the country’s economic hardships but then degenerated into violent melee by certain elements who were armed at times, running amok in a few towns.

"We cannot accept that some countries—foremost the US, Israel – to interfere in the internal affairs of Iran and Pakistan," Erdogan told reporters before heading on a trip to France, AFP reported.

"It is turning the people against each other in these countries. It's a shame that we have seen this done in many nations... We saw this in Iraq."

Erdogan did not expand on the nature of the meddling in Pakistan but on Thursday the US announced a freeze in deliveries of military equipment and security funding until Pakistan cracks down on the militants.

The Turkish president then referred to problems in "Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia" and in African countries including Sudan and Chad.

He said a "game was being played" in certain countries, which he noted were all Muslim-majority nations.

"They are taking steps towards making the plentiful underground riches in all these countries their own resources," he said.

"Sorry, these realities should be known by our people and all people," he said.

Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke on Wednesday in a call in which the Turkish leader gave his support for the return of "peace and stability" to Iran.

Erdogan on Friday praised Rouhani's statements that the street protests were the people's "democratic right", saying this had helped normalize the situation.

Turkey's conservative media had previously accused the US and Israel of stoking the Iran protests as part of a purported plot to transform the Middle East.

Relations between Ankara and Tehran have warmed since the two countries worked closely with Russia in the last few months to bring peace to Syria.

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