Sat Jul 16, 2016 3:9PM
People wave national flags as they march from Kizilay square to Turkish General Staff building to react against military coup attempt in Ankara, Turkey, on July 16, 2016. © AFP
People wave national flags as they march from Kizilay square to Turkish General Staff building to react against military coup attempt in Ankara, Turkey, on July 16, 2016. © AFP

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi has expressed “grave concern” about the security of neighboring Turkey, saying the Islamic Republic supports the democratically-elected Turkish government.

“We are deeply concerned about stability, security, unity, democracy and the rule of law in Turkey,” Qasemi said on Saturday.

The Islamic Republic calls for restraint from resorting to violence in Turkey and “closely and carefully follows developments in its neighboring country.”

“A stable, secure and democratic Turkey is a priority for the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Qasemi said and expressed hope that complete stability and peace would be restored to the country as soon as possible.

The coup attempt, launched late on Friday, plunged Turkey into hours of chaos unseen in decades during which soldiers and tanks took to the streets and multiple explosions rang out throughout the night in Ankara and Istanbul.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim appeared on television soon after the coup was launched, declaring an early end to the putsch.

The Turkish premier told reporters that 161 people were killed in the coup attempt against the government. He said 2,839 soldiers were now detained on suspicion of involvement in the putsch and added that the toll did not include the assailants.