President lauds Iran,Turkey,Russia cooperation to solve Syria crisis

Tehran, Feb 19, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Iran-Russia-Turkey trilateral cooperation and talks on regional problems, especially fighting terrorism and settlement of Syrian crisis were positive and effective.

In a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan late on Monday, Rouhani called for continuation of efforts, cooperation and talks among Tehran, Moscow and Ankara until desirable goal is achieved.

He said fighting terrorism, driving terrorists out of Syria and countering separatist moves in the region are among the common goals of Iran and Turkey.

Today, separatist plots and attempts to set up puppet governments in the region are in the making, which should be dealt with through all-out collaboration.

Noting that talks among leaders and officials of Iran, Turkey and Russia in Astana and Sochi instilled hope for promoting peace, stability and security of Syria, Rouhani said that the positive trend should continue through talks and consultations.

“Iran and Turkey are pursuing common goals in regional and international developments ,” he said, calling for more intensive cooperation in line with implementing Astana agreements.

Stressing the need for upholding Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity, he said that security and stability should be restored to the country and all Syrian refugees should have chance to return home.

Erdogan, for his part, expressed regret over death of Iranian citizens in the plane crash and conveyed the Turkish nation and government’s condolences to the Iranian nation.

Presenting a report on the presence of Turkish forces in Afrin region, Syria, Erdogan wished that all Syrian regions would be purged from terrorists.

“Syria believes that the country’s territorial integrity should a concern for all,” he said.

He also appreciated Iran’s supports for Turkey in connection with regional and international issues and fighting terrorism, underlining the need for Iran, Turkey and Russia to continue talks on Syrian crisis.
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