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Iran urges Turkey to respect sovereignty of Syria

Iran urges Turkey to respect sovereignty of Syria

Moreover, in today's meeting, Iran's president stressed the necessity of fighting against terrorism in Syria, adding "unfortunately, today some [states] want to redraw the geographical boundaries in the region, and after the failure in northern Iraq, they have designed another plot in northern Syria".

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu paid a surprise visit to the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday.

Presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hassan Rouhani and Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting in Istanbul, Turkish media reported February 8.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned of regional threats to the interests of both Tehran and Ankara, calling for boosting bilateral ties in all sectors.

The three countries, now in the throes of the Syrian civil war as President Bashar al-Assad's backers, held a meeting late last year and a peace conference earlier this year in the Russian resort city of Sochi.

In a final statement issued at the end of the congress, parties said that they agreed on a proposal to form a constitutional committee "comprising the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic delegation along with wide-represented opposition delegation for drafting of a constitutional reform as a contribution to the political settlement under the United Nations auspices in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2254".

Abdurrahman Bilgic met a group of British journalists in a news briefing held at the embassy residence and underlined that the operation is being carried out within the scope of the global law.

"We believe that we should stand up to plots that aim to undermine the territorial integrity of regional countries, " Cavusoglu was quoted as saying.

On the Afrin offensive, the top Turkish diplomat said that the operation was temporary and only aimed at terrorists in that region.

He also referred to Turkey's military operations in Northern Syria against the Kurds, and said, "We have good relations with Russian Federation and Turkey but it is our principled position that deployment of a country's army in another country's territories should be carried out with the consent of the second country's people and government and therefore, we want this operation which doesn't yield any results but killing people to stop".