Syria-Turkiye talks to benefit regional security: Iran FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian says talks between Syria and Turkiye to settle their differences will benefit the people of the two countries as well as the security of the entire West Asia region.

The foreign minister made the remarks in a quadrilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, Syria, and Turkiye in Moscow on Wednesday.

“We deeply believe that these two countries can put the past behind them and resolve the bilateral issues through dialogue and deepening cooperation based on good neighborliness,” Amirabdollahian said.

He also noted that today’s meeting in Moscow would have a strong message of peace and sustainable security in the region and will strengthen good neighborliness between Turkiye and Syria.

Traditional world powers are no longer able to impose their viewpoints on others and exercise unilateralism, the foreign minister said, adding that ongoing talks between Ankara and Damascus can be seen as a chance to find a settlement to the problems in Syria and to bring about security, stability, and progress in the country.

He stressed that any political resolution to the Syrian issue must ensure Syria’s sovereignty over its entire territory.

Amirabdollahian suggested that deployment of Syrian troops at the border regions can alleviate security concerns of Turkiye and other neighboring countries, prevent terrorist and separatist activities, and set the stage for the withdrawal of Turkish military forces from the common border areas.

“We believe that a strong and independent Syria can overcome terrorism, separatism, occupation of American forces, and theft of the country's national resources,” he noted.

Syria's reconstruction

Iran’s top diplomat also stressed the need for joint efforts by regional countries and the rest of the international community to reconstruct Syria and prepare the ground for Syrian refugees to return to their homeland.

“Of course, any political precondition and double standards on this issue not only will fail to help solve this humanitarian issue but will also add to its complexity,” he pointed out.

Amirabdollahian underscored the need for decisive action by the international community, especially the four countries participating in the quadrilateral meeting in Moscow, to combat terrorism.

He also condemned the Israeli regime's aggression against Syria as “a violation of world peace and regional stability,” and called on the international community to confront the “aggressive actions.”

“We are confident that the Syrian people and army will respond appropriately to these aggressive and inhumane actions at the right time,” he asserted.

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