Iran urges Turkey to respect sovereignty of Syria

09 February, 2018, 05:20 | Author: Katrina Soto
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"Respect for other countries' independence and geographical borders will lead to promotion of security in the region".

He made the remarks during a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Tehran on Wednesday.

The Turkish military intervention codenamed "Operation Olive Branch" started in mid-January, and has focused on combatting Kurdish militant or terrorist groups such as the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the People's Protection Units (YPG), the latter of which is backed by the United States.

The visit by Cavusoglu came as Turkey launched a major military campaign in the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin against US -backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

Cavusoglu visited Iran's capital Tehran on Wednesday for talks on bilateral and regional issues.

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The operation will continue until all terrorist elements are cleared from the region, Bilgic told the journalists.

They held a similar meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi last November.

They also said the Syrian people alone shall determine the future of their country "without external pressure or interference, in line with Syria's global rights and obligations".

Russian Federation on Wednesday warned both the Turkish and Iranian sides about the need to bypass their disputes sparked by Ankara's ongoing "Operation Olive Branch" in the northern Syrian district of Afrin.

"We maintain that regional states should stand up against plots hatched up with the aim of violating their territorial integrity", he was quoted as saying in a Farsi report by the Iranian president's official website.

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