Iran's Rouhani tells Erdogan 'protests to end in a few days': Ankara

French President Emanuel Macron with Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan

As part of the fight against the "Islamic State" (IS) terrorist group, 5,600 foreign mercenaries were deported from Turkey, the Turkish media quoted the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying on January 5.

The two leaders discussed the protests across Iran that have been ongoing since December 28, the source said.

The comments were not immediately confirmed by the Iranian side.

Turkey said Wednesday it will reject any unconstitutional attempt to overthrow the Iranian government, as protests in the Islamic Republic entered its seventh day.

The minister said he was against any foreign intervention as it was a domestic matter, and Turkey hoped that stability and peace would soon be restored in Iran.

Rouhani said on Sunday Iranians had the right to protest and criticize the authorities but their actions should not lead to violence or damage public property. His comments come after Trump and Netanyahu openly voiced support for the protests, and the USA leader called for a U.N. Security Council session on the matter.

Erdogan stressed the significance of maintaining peace and stability in Iran.

He also said that Iran was determined to deepen ties with Turkey, adding: "Tehran-Ankara cooperation and their active cooperation in Sochi and Astana negotiations contribute to the development of regional security and this trend will continue until we reach full security and stability in the region".

Iran is still witnessing a wave of demonstrations, being held in many cities across the country as people took to raising anti-government slogans, over alleged corruption and rising prices that plagued the people of the country earlier this week.

The protests that began against poverty on December 28 quickly escalated into anti-government nationwide riots, in which at least 20 protesters and one police officer were killed.



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