SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the Islamic Republic and Turkey will succeed in finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
In a Tuesday meeting with Umit Yalcın, Director General for Bilateral Political Affairs at Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, he said Tehran and Ankara play a strategic role in the Middle East region and should stay in touch about regional developments.
“Given the [present] circumstances in the region, Tehran and Ankara can play a leading political role in settling the crises and we are ready to turn consultation in this regard into practical cooperation,” Amir-Abdollahian said.
Reiterating that the Syrian conflict should be solved through democratic ways without any military intervention, he said Iran backs a “broad-based national dialog” and opposes foreign governments’ arming of the opposition in Syria.
The Iranian diplomat noted that any solution to the ongoing problems in the Middle East, particularly in Syria and Iraq, would not bear fruit without Iran’s involvement.
Amir-Abdollahian further expressed Iran’s determination to cooperate with Iraq in the fight against terrorism, saying, “We respect Iraq’s national unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and explicitly oppose measures by certain parties to disintegrate Iraq.”
The Turkish official, for his part, said Iran and Turkey share views on the importance of restoration of peace and stability to the region, maintenance of territorial integrity and security of Iraq and Syria and eradication of terrorism in the region.
Yalcın added that settlement of the ongoing problems in the Muslim world is a top priority in Tehran-Ankara cooperation.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. The US and its regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – have been supporting the militants operating inside Syria for more than three years.
The ISIL terrorists control some parts of Syria and Iraq. They are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.