Published: Fri, February 09, 2018

Turkey calls on its allies to support Operation Olive Branch

Turkey calls on its allies to support Operation Olive Branch

The Kremlin on Wednesday did not rule out holding a summit between presidents of the three countries "if needed".

President Rouhani hailed two countries' high-level talks on the expansion of bilateral, regional and worldwide cooperation, saying that the two governments are willing to develop and strengthen relations as two friendly and brother neighboring countries. "We need to have good relations with Turkey", he added.

The Turkish General Staff has said the Afrin operation was aimed at establishing security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as protecting the Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

Putin and Erdogan discussed what the Kremlin said was "the importance of continuing the joint work of Russia, Turkey, and Iran" on Syria.

The U.S., which has cooperated with the YPG in fighting the terror group Islamic State in the past years, has urged Ankara to limit its military operations in Syria, while warning about the risk of a possible conflict with the U.S. troops based in Manbij if Turkish troops move on to capture the city.

Rouhani expressed Iran's readiness to help Turkey with its concerns in Syria and to further cooperate with Ankara in resolving the regional problems.

Cavusoglu also stressed the importance of strengthening the regional and global relations between Iran and Turkey, adding that the Islamic Cooperation Organization meeting in Istanbul with good support from Iran led to the failure of the conspiracy against the region.

In May 2017, Russia, Turkey and Iran, the guarantors of a Syrian ceasefire regime and mediators for Astana peace talks for a political settlement in Syria, agreed on the creation of four de-escalation zones in Syria, which are guaranteed to be free of battles and airstrikes for six months initially and subject to extensions after that.

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

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