Russian, Iranian and Turkish Chiefs of General Staffs Agreed on Measures to Eradicate Terrorists in Syria

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The chiefs of general staff of Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed on measures to enhance cooperation in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Moreover, the sides considered practical steps to eradicate the rest of ISIL and al Nusra Front in Syria, according to a statement issued by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

“The meeting of Valery Gerasimov, Russia’s Chief of General Staff with his counterparts from Turkey and Iran, General Hulusi Akar and General Mohammad Bagheri respectively, took place in Sochi, Russia.”

In course of the talks, the sides discussed current situation in Syria, outlined further steps to eliminate terror groups, ensure security in the de-escalation zones, and pave way for political settlement of the conflict, the statement added.

“Valery Gerasimov pointed out that joint efforts in Syria had brought great results in the Syrian Arab Republic. The sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country have been preserved, the civil strife has been stopped; now there are conditions to restore peace and bring refugees back home.”

“According to him, despite certain difficulties, it is still important that cooperation leads to agreements.”

“The active phase of the military operation in Syria is nearing its completion. Although some issues are yet to be addressed, this stage is coming to its logic end,” stressed the Russia’s Chief of General Staff.

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