Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at an official ceremony in the Presidential Complex in Ankara, on December 24, 2015. (AFP/ADEM ALTAN)
Turkey said on Thursday it had summoned Iran’s ambassador to protest attacks on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Iranian press in the wake of a diplomatic crisis between Tehran and Riyadh.
Erdogan has refused to condemn Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shiite cleric and activist Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr this month. The execution sparked outrage in Shiite-majority areas of the Middle East, and protesters in Iran attacked two Saudi diplomatic missions, prompting Riyadh to sever diplomatic ties.