Syria welcomes Iran's effort to help ease tension with Turkey

Syria


Damascus, July 3 : Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has said his country welcomes any role played by Iran in easing the tension between Syria and Turkey and achieving political progress. The tension has been brewing for weeks after Ankara declared a plan to impose a buffer zone in northern Syria on the border with Turkey through a military operation against the Kurdish militias in that region, Xinhua news agency reported. Any solution should lead to Turkey's withdrawal from Syrian territories, an end of Turkish attacks on Syria and a halt of Turkish support for the rebel groups in Syria, Mekdad said at a joint press conference held with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who arrived in Syria to discuss ways to defuse the tension. Amir-Abdollahian reiterated Iran's willingness and full readiness to mediate to prevent a military operation in northern Syria and promote good relations between the two neighboring countries. His visit to Syria comes days after he met with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Ankara. Turkey has for long deemed the growing Kurdish influence in northern Syria as a threat to its security and has also carried out several military operations against Kurdish groups there, accusing them of having links to Kurdish separatist groups inside Turkey. /IANS




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