On Tuesday, Turkey and Qatar condemned the US’s designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) a terrorist group, saying the decision would create “instability” in the region.
“These kinds of decisions will pave the way for instability in our region,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara. The decision against the “official army of Iran… was incomprehensible,” he added. “The United States issued this one-sided decision in the context of sanctions and pressure on Iran.” Cavusoglu held a joint press conference with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, upon the latter’s visit to Turkey.
“We do not support Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Syria, but no country can declare another country’s armed forces a terrorist organization. We also do not support unilateral decisions.” Such measures “would lead to instability in the region,” Cavusoglu said.
As expected, #Turkey‘s pro-Iran #Erdogan gov’t rushes to defend #Iran by criticising the @realDonaldTrump administration over a decision to list IRGC as “terrorist entity”, with Foreign Minister saying Turkey won’t comply with sanctions and told this repeatedly to the US leaders. pic.twitter.com/Gctxuu1OmQ
— Abdullah Bozkurt (@abdbozkurt) April 10, 2019
Cavusoglu was addressing a joint press conference with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.
Cavusoglu’s Qatari counterpart, Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, said disagreements over the Iranian army’s behavior, or that of any other army, should not be solved by imposing sanctions.
This is the first time the U.S. has charged a part of a foreign government a terrorist group.