Dialogue is futile with expansionist Turkey, Iran - Arab League chief

Turkey and Iran seek to meddle in Arab countries, and their expansionist policies have grown to the point that dialogue with them is now futile, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Tuesday, London-based Asharq Al-Awsat reported.  

Speaking at the opening ceremony of an Arab Parliament seminar on dealing with neighbors, Aboul Gheit noted that the core problem between Arab countries and Turkey and Iran was that both maintained foreign policies that sought to carry out political projects within Arab states, according to Asharq.

Aboul Gheit said dialogue remained the best way to handle all issues, and that such diplomacy should be built on a sound foundation, but that the crisis with Iran and Turkey had aggravated to the point that dialogue was ineffective, Asharq reported.

Ankara seeks to promote its own ideologies and political Islam, giving itself the right to invade neighboring countries on the pretext of national security without considering other countries' sovereignty, Aboul Gheit said, adding that Turkey and Iran see regional crises as opportunities for expansion.

Turkey has twice invaded and taken control of territory in northern Syria, and has in recent months threatened a third military operation. 

"The interventions from our neighbours in the region - especially Iran and Turkey - have complicated the crises and led to prolongation of the solution," Ahmed Aboul Gheit said at the Arab League summit in Tunisia in April.