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November 4, 2013 5:09 pm

Intelligence Between Turkey, Iran in ‘Very, Very Good State’ – Iranian Ambassador

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Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) greeting Turkish Foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu in 2011.

The intelligence cooperation between Turkey and Iran is in a “very, very good state,” Iranian Ambassador to Turkey Alireza Bigdeli told Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News Monday.

Bigdeli openly mocked Western powers, and Israel, saying they were bothered by the fact that Iran and Turkey’s intelligence cooperation was at a level that reflects the two countries being “strong neighbors and brothers,” Hurriyet reported.

“Why do they not like it when Turkish and Iranian intelligence agencies cooperate? They expect Turkey to have good cooperation with MOSSAD or CIA. There is that side to it. Turkish and Iranian agencies always have cooperation, and they should have so, and they will have so. It is normal between neighbors to have that, but they treat it with doubt,” Bigdeli said.

Bigdeli cited recent contacts between high-level officials in the countries, including a meeting between the presidents of Iran and Turkey while they were both in New York for the United Nations General Assembly in September.

“All this can show nothing but warmth. Why do newspapers write about the closeness of intelligence agencies between two countries? Well, that’s why,” Bigdeli said.

Bigdeli said that to believe differences over Syria would cause a rift would be misguided, saying the relationship between the two countries contained many levels and dimensions.

“Unlike what is assumed by others, the relations between the two countries are so deep that an issue like Syria cannot have that great of an impact. If it had been two other countries that experienced the last few months, they could have gone through serious crises. But the warmth between us has never gone away,” Bigdeli said.

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  • Sandy Brown

    “Let them eat cake”. That is what I think.


  • R


    ULP!!!!!! what’d i eat???????? aghhhhhhh!

  • Steven Korbin

    “They expect Turkey to have good cooperation with…CIA?” Well…kinda…yeah…what with Turkey being a member nation of NATO and all. Turkey and the United States were allies of convenience during the Cold War. Turkey now allies itself with the former Soviet Union (along with the other BRIC nations) on most matters of geopolitics. Turkey and Iran now openly celebrate the closeness of their intelligence agencies. This “People” magazine moment highlights the underlying symmetry of two nations’ strategic interests. If the enemy of my enemy is a friend, than is not the friend of my enemy my enemy? The chess pieces have been re-arranged. Turkey is not on “our” side anymore. It’s questionable whether they ever really were. Their allegiances blow with the winds of opportunity. Such has been the way since the days of Byzantium. America continues to pretend this alliance exists at its great peril. Given the fact that the Turks are now openly cozy with the Republic of Iran, who are our political leaders really fooling. My guess, not even themselves. And yet…then again… The time to rethink this “alliance” is long overdue. Would the Iran-friendly Turks even bother to protest or disagree? Answer: Probably not. Given the nature of the new Iran-Turkey love-fest, Saudi Arabia will look to solidify its relationship with America, and most likely (albeit “secretly”) begin sharing intelligence with the Israelis. Or more accurately…accepting the fruits of Israeli intelligence. It’s a new ballgame, we’re mid-way through the new season, and American political leaders are still reviewing last season’s stats. Of course, given the levels of incompetence we’ve witnessed over the past six years, it would be naive to expect anything different. It’s time to find ourselves a new GM.

  • R

    Yeah, right: diplomatic relations between Iran and Turkey are so good: each ne is just waiting for the opportunity to stick a dagger into the other’s heart when he ain’t lookin’.

    That’s why they have guys who are “tasters”. They taste the food served at official dinners to honor the other one. If the “taster” drops dead from the food, they cancel everything but the ice cubes in the water. agggggggh! THE ICE CUBES WUZ POISONED!!

  • Golum


    BIG DELI from TURKEY….and HURRY YET from I RAN?????

    I think both belong in an institution!!!