Turkey to join Iran, Russia in Syrian peace project

TEHRAN, Aug. 15 (MNA) – Deputy FM for Arab and African Affairs has told a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Turkey will be invited to joint Iranian and Russian attempts to bring stability to Syria.

On Monday, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, newly appointed Deputy FM for Arab and African Affairs and his Russian counterpart Mr. Mikhail Bogdanov held talks in Tehran, which focused the military deadlock in Aleppo and other developments in Syria. The new development announced by Mr. Jaberi Ansari was a Turkish role in Syria.

“Confrontation in Aleppo is not new and in recent few years the infrastructures of the city have been badly damaged along with a humanitarian crises emitting out multitudes of refugees fleeing the war and destruction; Iran and Russia have been working together to restore the situation in Aleppo to normalcy and break the siege on the civilians to open the way to citizens outside the city to return to their homes,” he told the joint press conference. “With Mr. Bogdanov, we discussed the latest developments in Aleppo to find a way out of the stalemate.”

In a question of Foreign Minister Zairf’s visit to Turkey and the possibility that Turkey would join Iran-Russia pivot in Syria, Mr. Jaberi Ansari said that Turkey was an important country and effective in Syrian crisis; “Iranian and Turkish officials agreed to continue talks in implementation of bilateral agreements in detail; we will soon send an invitation to Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Ümit Yalçın and alternatively, I will pay a visit to Ankara to talk regional issues in detail,” he responded.

Jaberi Ansari expressed hopes that new developments in the region would help establish new grounds for Iran, Russia, and now Turkey on which to act in coordination to end the stalemate and humanitarian crisis in Syrian Aleppo; deputy FM believed that the triangle would prove more effective and would encourage other contributions to the crisis in building a unanimity; “if such unanimity is built, all sides to the crisis would greatly succeed in ending the crisis; the guiding principle however should be the primacy of Syrian nation in deciding on their own future and no foreign force would impose decisions from outside.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran wages efforts to reach a common understanding of the situation with regional and international players; this would be in form of packages and frameworks or coalitions of international bodies,” Jaberi Ansari concluded the press conference.

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