Iranian Majles member Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash said in a December 13, 2020 address in the Iranian Majles that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's "amateur" actions in the region are enabling Israel to use the Southern Caucasus to threaten Iran’s security. He said that this region is originally Iranian territory and accused Erdoğan of sharing in the blame for assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, including Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Bighash also accused Erdoğan of implementing the West's policies in the region, calling upon the Turkish people to oppose Erdoğan's actions. Furthermore, he expressed support of European and American sanctions against Turkey. Bighash’s address was uploaded to tnews.ir, an Iranian website, and was made on the backdrop of Erdoğan's recent speech in Azerbaijan, in which he recited excerpts from a poem that accused Iran of forcibly separating Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Mahmoud-Ahmadi Bighash: "Oh, Mr. Erdogan, your repeated amateur actions over the past few years are causing one of Iran's original territories, the southern Caucasus, to turn into a haunt belonging to Israel's impure leader, who will use this region's geographical layout to act against our national security. Therefore, we see your role in the assassination of Iran's nuclear scientists, particularly the martyr [Mohsen] Fakhrizadeh, as no smaller than the role played by Netanyahu.
"While we weren't paying attention, while those Majles members who speak Azeri were painfully silent, and while the [Majles'] presidium was not thinking, Turkey's sick president took steps to break up Iran. Erdogan is single-handedly implementing the West's dirty policy in the region. His hands are drenched in the blood of thousands of Iraqis, Syrians, Kurds, and Armenians, just as his ancestors' hands had been drenched in the blood of millions of Assyrians, Greeks, and Armenians, and just as the genocide they had carried out had been clear to all in history. Last week, he officially announced his upcoming role as the Ottoman Emperor. Recently, as the victory celebration of the Azerbaijani war [with Armenia], he recited a poem about the Aras River, and he told the Iranian Azeris: We were never separate from you – we were separated by force. He also added that Aras will soon grow stronger.
"Erdogan, you should know that Iran will not concede so much as a sliver of its territory to the foolish mayhem that you have stirred. Know that your so-called policy will lead to the demise and dissolution of Turkey, not of Iran. I ask the intellectuals, the elites, and the honorable Turkish people to oppose Erdogan's filthy policy, and to not allow his dangerous actions to lead Turkey to the same fate as Syria.
"I hereby address three important principles. First of all, in the Karabagh War, we should have set manners aside. We should have listened to the prophetic words of the Leader of the Revolution [Khamenei] regarding the liberation of the occupied territories. We should have supported the balance of powers and supported Armenia. Second, historically – and according to reliable documents – the current Republic of Azerbaijan and the southern Caucasus region are part of Iran's original territory. If anything happens in the future, these areas should be returned to their motherland. Third, Iran endorses the European and American sanctions against Turkey."