The Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu delivers a speech at the third day of the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, southern Germany, on February 19, 2017. / AFP / Christof STACHE
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Iran summoned the Turkish ambassador in Tehran Monday over comments made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing the Islamic Republic of destabilizing the region.Cavusoglu also said Turkey was against sectarianism in the Middle East and had called on Iran to stop threatening the region's stability.Iran and Turkey have close ties despite sharply different views on regional issues. Tehran and Ankara support opposite sides in the conflict in Syria with Iran backing the government of President Bashar Assad while Turkey has backed elements of the Syrian opposition.
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