File photo shows members of Kurdistan Workers' Party.
Iran Embassy in Turkey has vehemently rejected the recent allegation by a Turkish newspaper about the presence of the Kurdish Workers' Party's (PKK) leaders in the Islamic Republic.
In a letter to Aydinlik Gazetesi
, the Iranian Embassy pointed to a fallacious news published by the newspaper on Sunday claiming that some PKK leaders are in Iran, and rejected the allegation “vehemently.”
“Supporting terrorist activities has no place in Iran’s foreign policy doctrine and the Islamic Republic of Iran has always backed all collective efforts to counter terrorist activities, and has closely collaborated with Turkey in this field,” the letter added.
The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s. The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead.
“Differences among countries over some regional and international issues are normal, and Iran and Turkey will never allow any problem to jeopardize the two countries’ longstanding bilateral ties,” Iran Embassy added.
“Publishing such baseless news will be of no benefit but to disturb the public opinion and create pessimism; it runs counter to the national interests of both countries and is in line with efforts by some foreign powers to sow discord and animosity in the region,” the Iranian Embassy pointed out.
The embassy called on Aydinlik Gazetesi
to publish Iran Embassy's letter in accordance with Turkey's laws.