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Iran, Russia, Turkey Must Engage in Dialog and Cooperation

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Iran’s foreign minister has emphasized the importance of the roles played on the regional arena by the Islamic Republic, Russia, and Turkey, saying the three countries should cooperate and engage in dialog with one another.

Mohammad Javad Zarif had discussed the removal of impediments to bilateral cooperation with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, but said differences remained between Tehran and Ankara. He said more talks were needed to resolve those differences.

“Iran and Turkey have a common opinion and goal to jointly fight terrorism, extremism and sectarianism, and despite the existence of different views on some issues, we share a common stance on protecting Syria’s territorial integrity” and fighting Daesh and Jabhat Fath al-Sham terrorists, Zarif said.

He emphasized that Iran "has always had positive dialogues with Turkey on the Syria subject," adding that Tehran and Ankara share the view that the Arab country’s future must be decided by the Syrian people.

The top Iranian diplomat went on to say that Tehran would strengthen its cooperation with Ankara in different fields.

Zarif also hailed the improvement of Russia-Turkey relations and their new efforts to stem the conflict in Syria.

"We also have great ties with Russia on the Syrian issue and we believe that all parties must cooperate to provide security and peace and stop the conflicts" in the region, the Iranian foreign minister said, adding, "We are ready to co-operate with both Turkey and Syria on this issue." 

Zarif also said, “Iran, Russia, and Turkey are considered important players in the region, and they need to engage in dialog and cooperation.”

“Even if there are differences among the countries of the region, it can be resolved through dialog,” he added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif congratulated the Turkish government and nation for successfully thwarting a coup attempt last month.

"I congratulate the Turkish nation for the defiance they showed against the coup-plotters," he said, adding, "They showed the people of the region that they would not allow democracy and their rights to be taken away from them through coups and the use of force."

Zarif said, “We believe that the era of bullying and coups is over and these things no longer have a place in our region. People’s choice and will cannot be suppressed by a military group.”

*Photo Credit: Fars News Agency

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