Ankara, Turkey – Iran, the raging Azeri Turkish enemy, deprives more than 30 million Azeri Turkish Minority of the opportunity to study, maintain and develop their self-culture in their own language. Iran also denies their Azeri Turkish identity and thus practices ethnical and cultural genocide against Turks.
On the other hand, Azerbaijan’s increasing warm scientific, technical, economical and military cooperation with Israel seriously bothers Iranian regime. After Azerbaijan liberated its 30 year occupied Karabakh territory from Armenia between September 27,2020 and November 10,2020, the Iranian regime who is openly supporting Armenia against Azerbaijan has now completely lost its influence in the Caspian and Caucasus region.
Meanwhile, Iran protests to Turkey over ‘meddling’ poem recited by President Erdogan. President Erdogan’s recitation raised concerns in Iran over the fanning of separatism among Iran’s Azeri Turk minority.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Turkey’s ambassador over what it said was “meddlesome” remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a visit to Azerbaijan on Thursday.
Erdogan was in the Azeri capital Baku to review a military parade marking Azerbaijan’s victory over Armenia in a war over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave that ended last month on November 10,2020.
The Turkish president recited an Azeri-Iranian poem about the division of Azerbaijan’s territory between Russia and Iran in the 19th century. Iran appeared concerned his remarks could fan separatism among Iran’s Azeri Turk minority.
“The Turkish ambassador was informed that the era of territorial claims and expansionist empires is over,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on its website on Friday.
“Iran does not allow anyone to meddle in its territorial integrity.”
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted earlier: “President Erdogan was not informed that what he ill-recited in Baku refers to the forcible separation of areas … from [the] Iranian motherland.”
“No one can talk about our beloved Azerbaijan,” Zarif said, referring to the northwest region of Iran where many of its ethnic Azeri Turks live.
According to Iran’s ISNA news agency, the poem recited is “one of the separatist symbols of pan-Turkism (Turanism)”.
It said the verses point to Aras and “complains of the distance between Azeri Turkish-speaking people on the two sides of the river”.
The poem includes the lines: “They separated the Aras River and filled it with rocks and rods. I will not be separated from you. They have separated us forcibly.”
Iran’s Foreign Ministry said it had summoned Turkey’s ambassador in Tehran over Erdogan’s “interventionist and unacceptable remarks”, and demanded an “immediate explanation”.
The envoy was told that “the era of territorial claims and warmongering and expansionist empires has passed”, according to an official statement.
It added that Iran “does not allow anyone to interfere in its territorial integrity”.
According to the information obtained from the sources of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a reaction was expressed to the Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Mohammad Farazmand, who was called to the ministry.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in a telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, said that statements aimed at Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were unacceptable.
He had a phone call with Mohammad Javad Zarif. During the meeting, the position of the Iranian side was discussed after the poem read by President Erdogan in his speech in Baku.
Minister Cavusoglu pointed out to his Iranian counterpart that the poem in question was related to Karabakh and that President Erdogan did not even imply Iran in his speech.
Cavusoglu, despite this, under the pretext of such a speech, it is unacceptable to make baseless and heavy statements aimed at President Erdogan by Iran, when the channels through which thoughts on this issue can be transmitted to Turkey are also open.
Cavusoglu, who reminded that Turkey is on the side of this country when everyone has turned their back on Iran in its most difficult times, noted that forgetting this fact increases the extent of frustration with the heavy statements made by Iran.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned Turkey’s Ambassador to Tehran, Derya Örs, for a poem that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had read the previous day in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, and conveyed a message of harsh condemnation.
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif also claimed on his Twitter account that the poem read by President Erdogan was aimed at Iran’s territorial integrity.
After that, the Turkish Foreign Ministry also summoned Iran’s Ambassador to Ankara, Mohammad Farazmand. The Ministry conveyed the reaction to Farazmand in the face of unfounded allegations against Turkey and President Erdogan and the opening of a hate campaign against Turkey in Iran.
Since the independence of Azerbaijan in 1991, Azeri Turkish nationalism has spilled over into Iran with sporadic demonstrations in Urmia, Ardabil, and Tabriz in northwestern Iran demanding official recognition of the Azerbaijani-Turkish identity and language. In 2006, the Azeri Turkish protesters were met with a violent crackdown by the Iranian Army.
Azeri Turks have demanded that Azerbaijani Turkish be the primary teaching language in schools in northwestern Iran. In recent decades, increasing numbers of Iranian Azeri Turks have enjoyed tourism to Azerbaijan, thus getting exposure to ethnic Azeri Turkish consciousness and cultural distinction.
From the Iranian regime’s point of view, and compared to other minorities, Azeri Turkish citizens of Iran do not pose a threat to the state as they have no armed groups. The ethnic minorities with revolutionary organizations that have been on the radar of Iranian regime since the 1979 revolution are Kurds, Baluchis, and Arabs.