Right-wing Iranian politicians and MPs have escalated their demands that the Iranian Foreign Ministry prevent an impending visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyep Erdogan to Tehran.
The disputes followed remarks by Erdogan on March 26 when he accused Iran of expansionist policies.
He stated that Iran’s role in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq has frustrated Turkey and the Arab countries.
In response, Iranian politicians, mostly from the Principlist party, have raised pressure on the government to cancel Erdogan’s visit on early April.
On March 30 Erdogan rejected the demands and said that despite disputes by the right-wing figures, the Iranian government is willing to have him in Tehran.
MP Ahmad Tavakoli said March 31 that Erdogan’s latter remark was even more impudent than his previous one.
He urged the Foreign Ministry to cancel the trip and in return accused Erdogan of pursuing a revival of the Ottoman Empire.