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Erdogan: Trump advised against escalating tensions with Iran

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he advised his US counterpart Donald Trump not to escalate tensions with Iran.

This came during a live TV interview with the CNN and D, the two Turks, on Sunday.

Erdogan called on all parties to show restraint after the killing of the Iranian commander of the “Quds Force” Qassem Soleimani, in a US bombing of Iraq.

He added: “We are closely watching with concern close crises related to the stability and safety of our region due to Soleimani’s death.”

And Abizaid: “The matter will not stop there, it is certain that another stage will follow.”

He noted that “Turkey has always stood against foreign interference in our region and we have evaluated the attack according to this perspective.”

Erdogan stressed that Turkey had done and was doing its utmost to reduce US-Iranian tension.

He continued: “Unfortunately, all efforts and international efforts exerted to defuse the US-Iranian tension have not succeeded so far.”

He pointed out that “this tension must be controlled before it reaches a stage that will harm all parties.”

He stressed that the US’s choice of Soleimani specifically would escalate tensions in the region, saying, “The killing of a high-ranking leader of a country will not remain unanswered.”

He said, “Soleimani was killed 4-5 hours after a phone conversation between me and Trump. We were shocked by the news of his death, as it was a premeditated act.”

Friday dawn, the commander of the Iranian “Quds Force”, Qassem Soleimani, and the deputy head of the “Popular Mobilization Authority” Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, and 8 people who were accompanying them, were killed, after an American air strike targeted two cars on the road to Baghdad Airport.

The killing of Soleimani became the “hadith of the world” between condemnations, welcome and demands to reduce escalation, an Iranian threat, and American anticipation and preparedness.

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