The Center for Iranian Studies in Istanbul, or IRAM Istanbul, has opened on Wednesday with a panel discussion focusing on Iran and its effects in the Middle East.

The IRAM Istanbul organized the event — titled Iranian Factor in the Middle East Balances — as part of its opening ceremony in Turkey’s largest city. IRAM’s headquarters is located in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Speaking at the event, IRAM’s Deputy Chairman Dr. Hakki Uygur spoke about ongoing protests in Iran.

“There are all kinds of grounds available in this country [Iran] for such protests,” Uygur said referring to the demonstrations,

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