Ali Akbar Salehi: "40% of Iranians speak Turkish"

Says Foreign Minister during visit to Istanbul


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So what?

by Simorgh5555 on

Even if Salehi's data is correct what do you want to with it? Iranians are not hetrogeneous or completely Fars but this does not mean Pan Turkists or Azari Separatists should believe for one second that Iran is divisible. All Iranian people regardless of their so-called ethnicity or regional differences are genetically similar and share the same historical background.


Wrong to define People

by choghok on

It is very inorrect to say that Azaris are Persian, are the Talesh People Persian? Or the Lurs or Kurds? They live in the same area.

It is as incorrect as for Ataturk calling anyone in Turkey for Turks.

There should be a distintion between Iran as a country of multi ethnic people and Persians as being one of them living in there.

A logical thing would be that anyone who's mother tounge is Persian would be called Persian, and since mother tounge of many in Iran is not Persian then they are not Persian. 


I think most people in Iran

by alx1711 on

I think most people in Iran speak either 2 oe 3 languages consisting of;

Parsi, Turkish, English, German, Italian, French, Arabic (Forced).



40% is high; I heard 26% or so.

by Kooshan on

Remember that Turks in Iran are actually Persian. You can se that in the works of Shams/Rumi in 7th Century.

Ari Siletz

I think he meant 40% inflation

by Ari Siletz on

از دهنش در رفت!

maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

maybe she meant DORK.

*love all ethnic Iranian. *Maziar



by Faramarz on

Wait till you get married, then she will tell you what you really sound like!

But meanwhile enjoy sounding like a Turk!


This is good news for me

by John on

because my Iranian future wife tells me that when I speak Farsi I sound like a Turk.



by vildemose on

 Azari Pianist:


A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


Excellent question JJ

by aziz on

Answer, Zilch, Zero, sifir

Babak K.

Non-Azarbaijani Turks of

by Babak K. on

Non-Azarbaijani Turks of Iran Live in:

1. Fars Province

2.  Khorassan Province ( Right Now I have a student from Khorassan area who is a non-Azarbaijani Turk)

3.  Markazi province (Ghazvin, Saveh,...)

4. Hamadan province (Example: President Bani-Sadr and Shireen Ebadi are Hamadani Turks)

5.  There are Turkish enclaves in other Provinces

6.  Golesstan province (Turkman sahra) and the other parts

These are what I remeber.


In English this is called: "putting one's foot in mouth"!

by Disenchanted on

           In farsi we say: "zer zer ziadi"! :-)          Now the "40%", how do you say it in Turkish? 


Now these guys....

by ahvazi on

are starting to kiss everyone's ass! 



by yolanda on

Azeri is a Turkic language......not a Turkish language!

Turkic language is related to Turkish language, but Turkic Language is not Turkish language!

Jeesh Daram

آن شصت درصد بقیه هم

Jeesh Daram

آن شصت درصد بگیه هم ایمکاناتش را ندارند که یاد بیجیرند


Millions of Iranians Speak English

by Faramarz on

And there is not a damn thing that the Regime can do about it.

Anahid Hojjati

I don't know if it is 40% but it certainly is very high

by Anahid Hojjati on

All people living in Azarbayejan speak it, plus all people who moved from that region or their parents moved from that region. Pull of the language is very strong. Many of my friends in Diaspora who never lived in Azarbayejan in Iran but their parents are from that area,  speak the language to some extent.

Yadam Beh-Khair

Azeri not Turkish

by Yadam Beh-Khair on

Turkish spoken in Iran is referred to as Azeri in Turkey not Turkish.


Why talk about things you do not know?

by choghok on

I mean this guy is just pulling a number of his hat, has there been any official number?

40% is a big number and I guess it is bigger than any other language group in the country.  Since Kurdish, Luri, Baluchi, Arabic, Talesh and Gilaki are for sure higher than 20 % together.

I guess since IRI does not have many friends it needs to kiss many hands if not worse.

Jahanshah Javid

he'll regret it

by Jahanshah Javid on

Is the Turkish language taught in public schools in Iran's Azari regions?

If anyone knows, can you please share?