Iran Wants Turkey in Fight against Terrorism in Iraq, Syria


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu underlined the need for Ankara to join Tehran’s war on terrorism in Iraq and Syria.

“Regional stability and security, specially in Iraq and Syria, should be the basis for interaction and cooperation between Iran and Turkey,” Rouhani said during the meeting in Tehran on Saturday.

“If the regional states stand beside each other, the problem of Iraq and Syria will be resolved without any need to foreign powers, but today it is important that the neighboring countries play a constructive role well in resolving the regional problems,” he added.

Noting that the regional countries do not need partnership of foreign powers to solve their problems, President Rouhani said Iran and Turkey share similar views on important regional principles.

“Maintaining the territorial integrity and national unity in Iraq and Syria, formation of governments in these countries based on democracy and popular views, preventing the massacre of the people and destruction of infrastructures and helping the refugees and the wounded to return to their homes are among the measures which should be adopted to soothe the crises in the region,” he added.

“The region is in sensitive conditions and reciprocal consultations can be effective in settling the important issues,” Rouhani said.

Cavusoglu, for his part, underscored Iran’s constructive and valuable role in international issues, and said, “Safeguarding territorial integrity and national unity in Iraq and Syria benefits both Iran and Turkey as well as regional peace and stability.”

Stressing that the western states are just seeking to meet their own interests through meddling with the regional issues, he said, “Today, efforts to establish ceasefire in Syria, establishment of national unity in the country, resolving issues through political means and collective fight against the terrorist groups is necessary.”

In relevant remarks in August, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for further cooperation between Tehran and Ankara in the campaign against the terrorist groups in the region.

“More cooperation with Turkey for peace is ahead,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter page.

The Iranian foreign minister said that he is proud “to stand with brave brothers and sisters in Turkey in support of democracy”.

In the same month, Zarif in a meeting with Cavusoglu in Ankara had underlined the need for the further expansion of mutual cooperation in different areas, specially in the war on terrorism.

“Iran and Turkey are important role players in the region, and they should boost cooperation on fighting terrorism,” Zarif said during the meeting in the Turkish capital.