Turkey Carries Out Air Strikes On Afrin In Syria

Turkey Carries Out Air Strikes On Afrin In Syria

"The Americans want to disintegrate the Syrian territories and have done the preliminary moves to create and recognize an independent country in Eastern Euphrates in the Kurdish-populated region but certainly this will not be materialized", he added.

He warned against what he called attempts to "alter geographical borders in the region" including that of Syria.

Iran-backed militias and Russian air power have supported a Syrian army offensive in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib since November, and Turkish forces last month launched an offensive in northern Syria's Kurdish region of Afrin.

"Turkish foreign minister, for his part, said that Turkey does not have an eye on Syria's land", adding that Turkey's ongoing operation in Syria is temporary and it is only targeting "terrorists" there.

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Cavusoglu visited Iran's capital Tehran on Wednesday for talks on bilateral and regional issues.

Syrian National Dialogue Conference was held in the southern Russian city of Sochi on January 29-30.

Iranian Supreme Leader's top aide for worldwide affairs Ali Akbar Velayati underlined that his country will help the Syrian people and their allies foil Washington's plots to disintegrate Syria and create a Kurdish state on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates.

In a final statement issued at the end of the congress, parties said that they agreed on a proposal to form a constitutional committee "comprising the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic delegation along with wide-represented opposition delegation for drafting of a constitutional reform as a contribution to the political settlement under the United Nations auspices in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2254".

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For his part, Cavusoglu blamed the US for hatching new plots in the region to undermine the growing ties between Ankara and Tehran, calling for close cooperation to thwart those schemes.

Cavusoglu emphasized "we believe that we must stand against conspiracies that are aimed at undermining the territorial integrity of the countries of the region".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (3rd-L) and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu (3rd -R) attend a meeting in Tehran on February 7, 2018.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will meet Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli next week in Brussels and discuss the situation in Afrin and Manbij, Mattis told reporters Thursday.

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