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Iran, Syria urge political solutions to address regional concerns
International Desk

Iran on Saturday expressed opposition to any military operation against Syria, after Turkey threatened to launch a new offensive on Kurds in the north of the country. 

“We understand the existing concerns, but we are against resorting to military operations to solve problems,” Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said while meeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

Amir-Abdollahian called for “direct talks” to alleviate concerns.

Turkey has launched a string of offensives in Syria since 2016 targeting Kurdish militias and Syria-backed forces. 

In recent weeks, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had planned to launch a military offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria “waging an insurgency” against his country, AFP reported.

Upon arrival in Damascus, Iran’s top diplomat said he would “try to resolve misunderstandings between Turkey and Syria through diplomacy and political talks”.

Amir-Abdollahian’s trip to Syria came five days after he visited Turkey.

“After my visit to Turkey… it is necessary to have consultations with the Syrian authorities,” he said.

On Monday, Amir-Abdollahian said he understood the need for a new Turkish military operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria.

“We understand Turkey’s security concerns very well,” he told a joint news conference in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

“We understand that… maybe a special operation might be needed,” he said, adding, “Turkey’s security concerns must be addressed fully and permanently.”

In his Saturday meeting, Amir-Abdollahian also condemned Israeli airstrikes on Syria and “the West’s silence and double standards” in dealing with such attacks.

“The failure to deal seriously with the destructive and aggressive actions of the Zionist regime shows that the Western countries’ claims to try to stabilize security in Syria is not true,” he said, adding that such inaction “has further emboldened the racist Zionist regime in its efforts to disturb the situation in Syria”.

Assad echoed Amir-Abdollahian’s stance, calling for a political solution and dialogue to address common concerns and threats in the region.

“We welcome a solution that keeps Syria away from war,” the Syrian president said, hailing Iran as “part of the political solution” in the region.

Assad noted that the balance of power is being changed in favor of Syria and Iran.

He also accused Western countries of “inciting things in Syria in order to settle accounts and win concessions from parties involved”.

 

 

 

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